On the walls of the subway at Yonge and Queen Sts., Toronto

William Lyon Mackenzie, leader of the struggle for responsible government in the 1930s, and Nellie McClung, famed early advocate of womens rights, are featured in vivid colours. In John Boyle’s tiled mural, completed in 1980, the two figures are surrounded by a jumble of soaring buildings - Eatons, Simpsons and the New City Hall. The mural is entitled “Our Knell”, but subway officials list the mural as “Our Nell” for some obscure reason. Some observers argue that the prominence given Mackenzie and McClung, both leaders of movements for liberation at different times, is sounding a knell for the Establishment of today. Hence the artist’s title.