It’s not the Royal Academy, but RUSH LANE’s year ’round street art and mural spectacular is well worth a visit. The Lane itself is several blocks long, and runs parallel to Queen Street West. Enter from the west side of Spadina Avenue, half a block south of Queen. Every AUGUST many of the city’s muralists and street artists repaint, so the art here is always bright and fresh. A few months from now it will look totally different. Comedian Rick Mercer uses Rush Lane as a set for his weekly television rants.
Subway stop – OSGOODE, and then streetcar #501 to Spadina Avenue
While traveling in Europe this spring I came across an article – ‘Roof With A View’ – in London’s Metro newspaper. It’s about rooftopping – a world-wide craze in which photographers access tall buildings and capture spectacular images, often at great risk to themselves.
One of the finest – and subject of the Metro newspaper story – is 27-year-old Tom Ryaboi, who has dedicated considerable time and energy shooting TORONTO and its people from every possible angle.
The results are stunning, and you can see an archive of Tom’s work at http://www.blursurfing.com
As part of 2011’s LUMINATO FESTIVAL, avant-garde Canadian architect Philip Beesley (featured at the 2010 Architectural Biennale in Venice) created a spectacular ‘responsive landscape’ in one of TORONTO’s busiest spaces – the Galleria, 181 Bay Street.
Clever Icelanders are selling t-shirts stamped with the name of their infamous volcano, Eyjafjallajokull.