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Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in public on surrounding buildings, on streets, trains and other publicly viewed surfaces. When you describe it in this way it looks quite simple. Well, it is not. Street art in my opinion is most of the time all visuals we see around us in urban environment.

     
   
     

Even broken shop window that owners used as a clever way to attract perception with added barb wire on the inside. Street art is also leafs arranged in a form of mandala from the school kids in the Brick Work Park in Toronto.

     
   
     

Joy in the Park [left], what is the time [middle], who's there? All of those quite near us.

     
   
     

We are puzzled by some of the messages in the street art around, but others are all clear, like we were obviously enjoying Cafe Cubano Restaurant!

     
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All images you will see here are taken between January 2023 and May 2024. Most of them in Toronto, but since we are frequently traveling some of them on Cuba and in Beograd Serbia.

     
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This is not typical psychogeography walk, they are mostly taken at once in one physical location. We will expand it here, observing this time everything we are considering street art. We are starting at one of our favourite places in the city, Brick Work Park and conservation area.

 

 

 
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Do you think that these three images above can be considered a street art? One of definition is this one: "Street Art is supposed to be the ultimate in democratized art; seen by everyone, owned by no-one."

     
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Now we are in the field of "real" art space. First one is enlarged stamp in the Toronto first post office court yard.

Second one is complex creation of indigenous artist. "Long before concrete and streets punctuated the landscape this land was pure and natural." This mural pledges and honors 13 original trees and 21 original plants that have thrived here since the time immortal. Artists: B. Otter, J. Vanderhoop, J. Burnham, D. Winderbank, A. Walsh, C. Peters, Bomba, Brothahope and A. M. Charles. Concept: Paula Gonzales Ossa.

Third one is spontaneous creation of enthusiast pointing to the entrance to the mysterious world.

     
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First one above left is very serious one, called Sundial Folly, large concrete ball sitting on the edge of Lake Ontario. It was created by John Fung and Paul Figueiredo and installed at Toronto’s Harbourfront in 1995. I am still considering this street or urban art. Middle one is more modest one, initiative of the city of Toronto to decorate utility boxes, usually very ugly before intervention. Third one is very recent one and obviously very, very temporary. Message is anyway very serious.

 

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Astrosankofa - Intergalactic, interactive multimedia art installation. Author of the illustration is Troydel Wallace. This is image above in the middle. Art is much more complex then illustration itself. Check it out =>. It is in the very obvious place in the Brick Work Park.

Images left and right are in the Edwards Botanical Garden, one more very exciting area in Toronto.

     
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The Esplanade. Our neighborhood. This was created y the local JAMII art community organization. Other two are so oblivious, nice attempts to beautify our space.

Urban art [or street art] in that sense in most cases should be socially engaged.

     
   
     

Most significant here is middle one, decorative corner at the charging station near Baka Gallery Cafe.

Free Palestine, it is all I have to say!

     
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Look at that! ! Exactly what I think.

     
   
     

April 2023. We are in Cuba. Even they have street art. This time only city visited was Holgun, so much less choice than some other larger cities.

     
   
     

And now something different. Urban art scene in Beograd, Serbia city where we were born, is powerful and rich. Words "Sila Si" actually mean "You are powerful".

"Street art is independent art form that often has older roots, nowadays often used as a generic term for art in urban public spaces." This is a quote from the book Street Art, Beograd we bought over there.

     
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We are still in Beograd. Photo above right is entrance to one of our favourite spots in the city centre, design district that you can virtually visit if you follow this link =>.

     
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Beograd. Dictator Restaurant, wow!? Do you like avocado?

     
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She is an architect, drummer and the TV presenter, who is she? Is she threatened by the nuclear bomb, or is she petting the goat?

     
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When you are involved in >psycho<geography> nothing is unusual. Even sites like this. Two red machineries are actually street art, left after renovation in the Distillery District back in Toronto.

     
   
     

Initiative by the Laneway Project and generous support by Kristyn Wong-Tam city councillor for this area led to this magnificent mural created by artists Monica Wickeleror monica on the moon and Miigizi or Wiishkoonseh Miigizi'enh meaning Whistling White Headed Eagle on Chippewas language.

The other one to the right is also new indigenous street art project on the Community Centre in the Esplanade. It is called Mashkiki, created by Darwin Peters. This is what he has to say about it: "Everywhere I look in this community (The Esplanade), I see different faces, races, cultures, languages and religions, and that makes me happy. It shows me how life can be when we are around each other. This is how I represented this community with the birds living in the tree. The stars represent our ancestors shining bright light on us and they give us directions for the North, South, East and West, so that we can follow each star we see in the sky."

     
   
     

Walls, truck and one very unusual structure in the Sculpture Garden, creation of Ryan Van Der Hout, Reflecting Everything, including myself in the middle.

     
   
     

You most probably know that we are traveling around the world very often, and of course, observing exciting street art. One form Buenos Aires is art of Banksy, one from Lisbon is equally famous Bordallo II. Third one from Philipsburg is from unknown artist but we liked it very very much. Enjoy all of them or follow links for more info.

     
   
     

We have our own Banksy hidden in the lower portion of the Church Street. Visiting very often, still standing and in good shape.

     
   
     

Street art is an early warning system. Through urban art, participants seek opportunities for play and creation as they interact with the city’s spaces. They are involved in a variety of explorations of the physical and psychological landscape and the cultural and human geography of the city.

     
   
     

We are back in our favourite Chery Beach park, walking our dog Jara, and look who is here, Pina green hair mare! Some other animals on our way there were also surprised.

     
   
     

When you walk, or in this instance almost sit on those two yellow chairs, observing strange street art is not unexpected.

     
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Here we are again, March 23, 2024. Flamenco singing in Jamii, candies and interactive art in the cafe. All we need is love.

     
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Coloufull Mount Pleasant Street. Enjoy!

     
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Back in our Neighbourhood. Blue stuff on the ground is not blue snow?? Snow is expected so ugly blue salt is dispersed to prevent falling on the ice. It is colourfull though? The Ontario Subway Line is expected in couple of years right here, behind the fence.

     
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These few images are all around Market Street. Most important is this plate with the name of Paul Oberman. If you are having problems reading it here visit this link for more info. He is also having speciall conection to Scrivener Square, of course in our collection, one urban space with very strange history.

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Good buy for now, we will not add more images to those 74 already here. Next walk will be along The Esplanade, Toronto so please come back soon. Everyone is welcome here [or there].

     
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  ~ 21 Praça des Flores, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017 ~ 26Funchal City Centre, Madeira, Portugal, 2019 ~
~ 24 Bascarsija, Sarajevo, BiH, 2018 ~ 27 Nicholson Lane, Toronto - February 2020 ~ 33 Observing Trash, Toronto, 2022 ~
 
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