Yesterday my sister took us to Graffiti Alley. This is a back alley just south of Queen street running between Spadina and Portland Ave. Here in Toronto they have a dastardly mayor, Rob Ford, who has a mission to 'clean up Toronto'. (He's a jerk) So he is having all graffiti removed, including, as it turned out, some commissioned art paid for by tax-payers money. Which of course he had removed with tax-payers money. (That was an embarrassment).
Anyway, here is a place where graffiti artists are thumbing their noses at The Establishment.
(Apparently there was an image of Ford himself that someone had painted with the sign 'remove me' by it. Clever. He has been removed, but only unfortunately from the wall. Hope you enjoy the walk and the garden.
SO... here we go:
You'd think Joseph would be excited by a graffiti walk. Nope. It was the 'walk' part that killed it for him I think.
And I really liked the vines growing down over the graffiti
Sometimes the words seemed out of place in this setting
Joseph was a little concerned that this image might just jump out on him.
BIG walls of horses
And someone who expressed Joseph's sentiments about the whole thing.
We saw lots of cool cartoons, with the yellow bird being a regular feature.
Hope this guy doesn't need to get a criminal background check.
We liked the yellow bird in this one. It's so happy.
I liked the smoky-ness of this one.
We are in Canada after all
And a rather nerve-jangled cat.
Joseph being jollied along by his auntie. (Actually, by this time he realized that it was all pretty cool.) AND THEN. SUDDENLY. WE DISCOVERED....
A garden. Right there off the alley. A little inner-city community garden. It was enchanting.
Check out this rain water collection system! This pipe arched down very dramatically and dumped into:
These tubs. The top one had over flow spouts into the lower. All three were almost full. (We're not in Texas now.)
Here is the whole picture. Very cool.