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Rob Stewart Memorialized in Toronto Mural

The late underwater filmmaker and conservation activist Rob Stewart was recently memorialized with a public mural in his hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Artists Birdo and GETSO, who both live in Toronto, created the mural of Stewart diving with a shark, which is painted on the wall of a restaurant near the Royal Ontario Museum and was publicly unveiled during last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Stewart perished earlier this year in a diving accident while filming a sequel to his “Sharkwater” documentary.

According to the Sharkwater website:

“The mural is the third one to go up in honor of Rob Stewart’s memory — murals have already gone up in Miami, Florida and Hawkes Bay, New Zealand as part of PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program to inspire individuals and communities to generate greater awareness and explore creative solutions surrounding pressing marine environmental issues.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory said:

“This mural will celebrate the life of a notable Toronto resident and remind us that the health of the world’s oceans is of paramount importance to everyone. I hope this mural will inspire personal reflection and help continue Rob Stewart’s legacy.”

(Photo credit: TO Art City)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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