By: Jim Bamboulis
To me, spray painting a smily face on a wall is graffiti. But taking that spray can and creating a mural that forces people to stand, admire and pose with it, well, that’s art. That being said, Rush Lane, or ‘Graffiti Alley’, as it has come to be known, is more art than graffiti. Running about one kilometre long, Graffiti Alley is one beautiful, creative piece of art after another, each adding a unique touch to an ever-evolving Toronto.
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Not only do artists come in from all corners of the planet to paint here but StreetARToronto – or StART – is a big reason why they can. A proactive city program, StART aims to develop, support and promote the necessity of street art and the role it plays in adding beauty and character to various neighbourhoods around the city. There are several beautiful murals in Corktown and of course, Graffiti Alley.
This is a free attraction, open 24 hours a day, everyday. It’s definitely one of my favourite places to walk and show friends visiting the city. So bring your cameras, take a walk and take your time. Enjoy the pieces on display because graffiti alley changes all the time. What you see today, may not be there next time.
I spent 15 years in the broadcast media world before starting up Travel Mammal, a site dedicated to travel, food and cultural experiences.
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