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)