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Vandalist: Outside the Box

Street art gets utilitarian.

Outside the Box

BY: Elicser
LOCATION: Queen and Bathurst
PHOTO BY: Samuel Bietenholz
FIELD NOTES: Have you noticed that many of our utility boxes have been transformed into works of art? The painting of these once drab boxes by some of our city’s most beloved street artists was the result of an organized effort. You’ll never guess who initiated it—it was Toronto! StART, or StreetARToronto, is a “new, pro-active program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities.” Yes, as commissioned pieces these utility boxes aren’t technically vandalism, and yes, this effort (while appreciated) is somewhat contradictory in that it is rewarding graffiti artists for doing exactly what the organization claims to be fighting, but we’re just so happy to see our local talent get some of the respect it deserves!

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