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Vandalist: Accidental Artwork

The subconscious art of graffiti removal.

accidental art

BY: Unknown
LOCATION: Bain Street
PHOTOS BY: Aaron Schwartz
FIELD NOTES: All graffiti artists know that regardless of how much effort they put into a piece, it’s almost always temporary. In a way, that’s part of the beauty of graffiti. It forces us to be appreciative of the work we find, because we know it won’t always be there. Many people would say that when graffiti is removed, it’s gone. Look at graffiti removal more closely, though, and you may find a minimalist tapestry of shape, colour, and, in this case, shadow. It’s almost as though an ironic joke is being played on the people who paint and repaint over graffiti, because by doing so, they themselves are also creating art.

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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