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“Thanks Jack, We’ve Got It From Here”

Hundreds of impromptu messages in tribute to Jack Layton left in chalk on Nathan Phillips Square.

Click on the image to view a full-size panorama of the wall.

Yesterday at Nathan Phillips Square, friends, colleagues, constituents, and Torontonians of all political stripes gathered to remember Jack Layton, an impromptu and inspired memorial. First just a simple “And we will change the world,” in orange street chalk, lettered on the concrete side of the ramp leading up to the City Hall rooftop. Then another message—a fragment of the farewell letter Layton wrote to Canada. Soon there were dozens and then hundreds of messages, chalked in blue and yellow and pink and orange, spanning many metres of the ramp and eventually some of the square’s paving stones as well, when there wasn’t any space left on the wall.

Click on the above image to see a full panorama of the chalk wall at Nathan Phillips Square. Photos shot and stitched by Andrew Louis/Torontoist.

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