The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship street art installation at the University of Toronto, by graffiti artist Jason Wing (aka SKAM)

What is CEIExSKAM?

This unique collaboration is the longest single graffiti installation in the city of Toronto. It aims to bring the spirit of the new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) to life during its construction. The imagery reflects the rich history and global impact of engineers from the University of Toronto. It also looks toward the future, highlighting the pioneering research, transformative education and game-changing commercialization that will take place within the CEIE.


Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

About the CEIE

The CEIE will set a new standard for engineering education and research. Located at the heart of U of T’s St. George campus, the new building will offer space and facilities where students, researchers, alumni and industry partners will work together to get great ideas off the ground. It will also bring together the expertise and talents of our entire Faculty and the broader University to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Learn more about the CEIE »

Jason aka Skam

Jason Wing (aka SKAM)

About the Artist

Jason Wing, who also goes by the graffiti name SKAM, has been creating street art for over 25 years. He’s one of the key figures responsible for Toronto’s iconic Graffiti Alley, and his work has been his work has been featured on gallery walls and on streets capes across North America. His clients have included MuchMusic, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Google and many others. For the CEIE graffiti installation, Wing is supported by fellow street artists Aleksandrs Popelavskis and Alex Lazich.

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Quick Facts

  • Located at 55 St. George St. (one block north of College St., on the east side)
  • 276 feet (84.1 metres) long
  • Total surface area of 2,208 square feet (205.1 square metres), which is nearly the same area as a standard tennis court
  • The mural is the longest single graffiti installation in Toronto
  • On display until the construction of the University’s new Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship is completed

Explore the Design

Click and drag on the image to browse through the mural design.

1 – Ornithopter
U of T Engineering alumni made aviation history in 2010 by achieving bird-like flight in their human-powered ornithopter.
2 – Streetcar & Traffic Light
U of T Engineering partners with cities to improve critical transportation infrastructure and enable people to travel more efficiently.
3 – Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad (sic)
This student band is a staple at all U of T Engineering celebrations. Thanks to the CEIE’s music room, students will have a new place to practice!
4 – NΨ
Pronounced “en psi,” this abbreviation refers to U of T’s world-renowned Engineering Science program.
5 – Astronaut
Alumna Julie Payette (graduate of 1990) was the first Canadian to board the International Space Station.
6 – Globe
The Centre for Global Engineering — which will be housed in the CEIE — enables engineers to find creative solutions to the world’s most important challenges. Flags for Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore honour those alumni chapters whose generosity is helping to make the CEIE a reality.
7 – Satellite & Receiver
U of T Engineering research continues to advance satellite and information communication technology.
8 – Solar Car
Blue Sky Solar Racing is a student team that competes at The World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-km race across Australia. This team is just one of nearly 90 U of T Engineering teams and clubs.
9 – TEAL Room
The CEIE’s Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) rooms will encourage experiential learning and enhance student experience.
10 – Bay Street
Engineers need more than technical skills to make their innovations a reality. That’s why U of T Engineering offers students a range of opportunities to develop entrepreneurial and leadership competencies that will help them succeed and lead in a globally competitive environment.
11 – Teamwork & Rocket
Collaboration is central to success in engineering. The Entrepreneurship Hatchery and the Institute for Leadership Education — both of which will be housed in the CEIE — are just two of the innovative ways U of T Engineering is enhancing engineering education, enabling students to get their great ideas off the ground.
12 – PV=nRT
The Ideal Gas Law is a staple formula used by many engineering students to approximate the behaviour of gases.
13 – F=ma
Engineers and scientists use Newton’s Second Law of Motion to understand the relationship between acceleration, mass and net force.
14 – Nanoleaf Bulb
Alumni entrepreneurs are revolutionizing the lighting industry with the Nanoleaf One, the world’s most energy-efficient light bulb.
15 – Wind Turbines & Solar Cell
A major goal of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, which will reside in the CEIE, is to increase energy efficiency while reducing environmental impact. Wind and solar energy are just two of the institute’s many research areas.
16 – Drone
The Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics will develop and test the next generation of drones in a two-storey research lab at the CEIE.
17 – Heart
U of T Engineering’s new Translational Biology and Engineering Program is a key component of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.
18 – E4TW
“Engineers for the World,” a common saying among engineers, represents the profession’s responsibility to humanity.
19 – Canoe
Each year, engineering students in the Concrete Canoe Club design, build and race a canoe made of concrete.
20 – City Builders
U of T Engineering research helps build strong, smart and sustainable cities around the world.
21 – School of Practical Science
The spirit of U of T Engineering was born in 1873 with the creation of the School of Practical Science.
22 – Space Invaders
U of T Engineers are active in video game and mobile app development. (Sometimes research is fun and games!)
23 – Battery
Alumnus Lewis Urry (graduate of 1950) invented the first commercially viable alkaline battery in the 1950s.
24 – Circuit Board
Professor Emeritus Kenneth C. Smith and alumnus Adel S. Sedra co-wrote Microelectronic Circuits in 1982. Now in its seventh edition, this popular undergraduate textbook continues to educate millions of engineers across the world.
25 – Robot
Tangy is one of many assistive robots developed at U of T Engineering. These robots provide cognitive stimulation to patients and help seniors with simple activities.
26 – DNA & Microscope
U of T is an epicentre of bioengineering research, bringing together engineering and medicine to create better methods of disease detection and treatment.
27 – River & Faucet
The Institute for Water Innovation, which will be part of the CEIE, develops new approaches to improve the stewardship of water resources.
28 – Cannon
The Ye Olde Mighty Skule Cannon is the official mascot of U of T Engineering. The equation bursting from the cannon is a common formula used to calculate power.
29 – Volleyball
Many engineering students are also accomplished Varsity athletes, combining rigorous training schedules with a top-tier engineering education.
30 – Convocation
Twice a year, we celebrate our graduates at U of T’s iconic Convocation Hall. These new graduates join an alumni network of more than 45,000 worldwide.
31 – #ILookLikeAnEngineer
An engineer working in Silicon Valley named Isis Anchalee coined the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. It was her response to social commentary about whether her appearance matched her profession. The hashtag became viral, showcasing just how diverse the engineering profession is today. Engineers excel in many different industries and settings — and defy stereotypes of bygone days. Take a selfie with the mural and tag it with #ILookLikeAnEngineer to join the conversation.

Visual timeline of the #CEIExSKAM project

To see more photos, visit our CEIExSKAM Flickr gallery »

Construction hoarding goes up

...around the CEIE construction site on St. George Street.

Planning begins

Collaborative team of U of T and Engineering communicators discuss how to maximize the site at the heart of the St.George campus.

Inspiration boards

...are created to plan out the imagery that will be used to convey key themes and messages.

Sketch 1

Initial sketch out the mural layout by Engineering's graphic designer, Raymond Cheah.

Sketch 2

A full mockup of the design is developed.

Sketch 3

The mural design is refined and finalized.

Painting: Day 1

Painting begins! SKAM starts with the lettering on the north end of the installation.

Painting: Day 2

The focus shifts to the middle, with work beginning on the Toronto skyline.

Painting: Day 3

The solar car and satellite are added.

Painting: Day 4

Pedestrians walk by the the freshly painted street car, CEIE building and Skule band scene.

Painting: Day 5

The mural is really out of this world.

Painting: Day 7

After one week, the mural is looking great!

Painting: Day 8

SKAM and crew work on the the outline for the robot "Tangy".

Painting: Day 9

The artist in action – painting the section that depicts the entrance of the School of Practical Science.

Painting: Day 10

Adding the finishing touches to the circuit board...

Painting: Day 11

Working on the south wall of the mural. This section features the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag.