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Vandalist: Rice Paddies on the Danforth

A before and after look at what can be done with an empty wall, a bit of paint, and a lot of chutzpa.

BY: Nick Sweetman
LOCATION: Woodbine and Danforth
PHOTO BY: Nick Sweetman
FIELD NOTES: At 105 feet long and 15 feet high, this renegade mural shows the creative potential of the many bare walls around Toronto.

From the artist: “This seemingly abandoned construction site, slated for condo development for years, occupies a huge piece of land on the South side of the Danforth. It’s separated from the street by a long plywood wall and serves no purpose to the community. When I saw its huge blue East wall, I decided I had to put something there that would question this waste of urban space. Inspired by the mixed urban-agricultural land uses I saw living and traveling in Asia, I decided to construct a landscape of rice paddies to suggest new possibilities for perceiving this space and its potential value.”

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email vandalist@torontoist.com.

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