It’s bigger, flashier, busier, and some would argue better. But one thing is for sure about the new mural on the front facade of Lee’s Palace—it isn’t done. Not just yet.
It’s hard to believe there’s anything else to add to the cartoon chaos that is the third incarnation of the mural done by Toronto graffiti artist Al Runt. That’s why premature reports announcing its completion have been popping up lately. But Runt himself told Torontoist that there is still work left to do—there are still some outlined characters yet to be filled in, which he will take care of next week, when he returns from out of town.
Runt told Torontoist back in May, a few weeks after he had started the new mural, that this one would be denser and more complicated than its predecessors. Well, anyone strolling down Bloor Street West can attest to that from a mile away. But the amount of detail plus an unpredictable work schedule must have been more than Runt anticipated, since he’s over three months behind his estimated June 15 date of completion. Now, if all goes as planned, he says the finishing touches should be done by the end of the month.
Until then, Lee’s lovers and Annex dwellers will just have to settle for the monsters under their beds.
Photos by D.A. Cooper/Torontoist.