#TPThursday: Toronto’s Street Art

Toronto’s street art. New York is considered the center of the art world but whenever I visit Toronto, it’s their art scene that I’m most interested in experiencing.

This time around, I was taken by the amount of street art I noticed mostly on the sides of buildings. Here in Toronto, graffiti is legal provided it is approved by the property owner or occupant. It must also enhance the surface it covers and add to the general community surroundings.

The city has even implemented a graffiti management program called StreetARToronto. Its mission, according to its website, is “to counteract graffiti vandalism by developing, supporting, promoting and increasing awareness of street art and its indispensable role to add beauty and character to neighbourhoods across the city.” You gotta admit, that’s pretty progressive, right?

Here’s a taste of the street art I was able to photograph.

Toronto's Street Art
Street Art
Toronto's Street Art
Street Art
Toronto's Street Art
Street Art
Toronto's Street Art
Street Art
Toronto's Street Art
Street Art
Toronto's Street Art
Street Art

My friend and I happened upon a rock balancing artist at work. We joined the crowd and watched as he painstakingly placed small and large rocks, and cinder blocks on top of each other without them toppling over. It was my first time seeing rock balancing done and it was fascinating. You could see the concentration on his face, like he was willing the rocks to stay in place. When he finished a piece, the tension in his facial muscles relaxed ever so slowly.

I overheard him tell someone in the crowd how centering the work was but he can’t do it if he’s angry.

Toronto's Street Art

 

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out their website for other travel photos from around the world.

 

33 comments on “#TPThursday: Toronto’s Street Art

  1. That’s what happens when family are in the mix — we focus on them more. Toronto’s changed a lot in the last few years, that’s for sure.
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  2. Street Art is wonderful! I mean look how beautifully it add colors to our busy lives! You go out for work and on your work you see something on the wall that just makes you smile! Great!
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  3. That’s an interesting approach.

    In these parts, graffiti is removed as soon as possible, because research has shown that the least amount of exposure discourages graffiti artists. Youth projects are not allowed to do any kind of graffiti projects in public places – all art has to be done on canvases.
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  4. I can see why your city would take that approach. NY’s subways used to be covered in graffiti back in the 80s, I think. It was believed to be gang related though I’m not sure how much of it was but the city eventually cleaned it all up.

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