These were taken last week while I was in Toronto. Things have changed since I was there last year, which makes me feel less guilty about featuring Toronto’s Graffiti Alley aka Rush Lane once again. In fact the art changes often – it’s refreshed once a year in the form of a giant graffiti jam, which attract some of the best graffiti artists around. The taggers subsequently add their own touches, of course, so this is a continually evolving body of work.
There have already been extended discussions here on the worth of this stuff, so I won’t elaborate. Whether you consider it an urban blight or an exciting free art exhibit is up to you.
But I will put a plug in for watching the terrific Banksy film Exit though the Gift Shop. This Oscar-nominated documentary is both a great primer on the graffiti–as-art world and a riddle that will have you talking about it for days. Highly recommended.
So much that is wonderful in these photos! I used to dismiss graffiti. My feelings about is began to change in 1991 when I was in East Germany soon after the wall came down. There was a stretch of the wall that was covered in immensely inspiring and heart rending political graffiti. I've never felt the same way about it ever since.
Thanks for posting the photos! I'm particularly drawn to the seventh!