There is a lane way in downtown Toronto that is a popular destination for photographers, and the subject of numerous posts by various bloggers – including Norm for Thursday Doors two years ago.
I finally visited Graffiti Alley myself for the first time a couple of weeks ago when I met fellow blogger, Mary, from As I Walk Toronto.
Graffiti Alley isn’t its real name … but I’m pretty sure no one has ever heard of Rush Lane.
If you are familiar with Canadian TV, you would recognize Graffiti Alley as the backdrop for Rick Mercer’s popular weekly rant, originally shown on the political satire 22 Minutes and more recently on The Rick Mercer Report.
As Mary and I walked through the alley dodging mud puddles and patches of ice on this February day, my only regret was not seeing Rick Mercer with his cameraman recording his latest rant.
I’m pretty sure Mary would be alarmed by the label, but I’m going to call her a bit of an expert on street art. It is a regular feature on her blog and she is knowledgeable about the various artists whose work pops up around the city.
She tells me that the artwork in Graffiti Alley occasionally gets painted over – particularly starting in the spring – and she was able to point out various pieces that were new to her from her last visits.
In fact, while we were there, a wall was being worked on by artist Uber5000. The name meant nothing to me, but it did to Mary. She was able to talk to him about his various pieces throughout the city and over the years.
To say I was impressed would be an understatement.
I like street art – when it’s thoughtful and interesting.
However, in my opinion the difference between graffiti and vandalism is a much finer line. Mostly, I just don’t get it.
Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton from Norm 2.0.