The Official Toronto Sign Got A Major Facelift For Summer, Here's What It Looks Like Now
The new design honours Indigneous communities
The big Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square has become kind of iconic in the city and it's definitely a popular Instagram spot with its bright colours and urban aesthetic.
While the sign is always changing its light colours to show support for various causes in the community, recently it got a major facelift and this one is lasting all summer.
The Toronto Sign honours Indigenous Peoples with the addition of 11 symbols of significance to Indigenous communities. They will be on the Sign into the fall of 2018. Find out more about them at https://t.co/oDxVS5K0ze & share your photos of the Sign at #xoTO #CityofTO pic.twitter.com/J2vnJIE5Wa— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) 10 July 2018
The sides of the Toronto sign's letters are now completely wrapped in a pattern of 11 different Indigenous symbols, including a medicine wheel, a turtle, an inukshuk, and more.
According to the City of Toronto, the new wrap is meant to honour Indigenous communities and people in Canada and will remain on the sign all throughout the summer until sometime in fall 2018.
Each of the 11 symbols was carefully chosen to represent different elements of Indigenous culture in Canada and the city explains the significance of each one on their website.
The turtle, for example, is an important part of the Indigenous creation story of Turtle Island, while the Inukshuk is an important part of Inuit life as it is a guide to travellers.
This isn't the only recent change to the sign that honours Indigenous people. In June a large 3D medicine wheel was also added to raise awareness for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.