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Vandalist: Don Was Here

An urban intervention that examines the dawn of the Don.


BY: Labspace Studio
LOCATION: Lower Don Valley pathway between Lake Shore Boulevard and Todmorden Mills
PHOTOS BY: Labspace Studio
FIELD NOTES: Have you ever thought about how convenient it is that the Don River is so nice and straight and accommodating to our city’s design? Turns out it’s not so much a coincidence as it is a considerable rerouting for industrial growth. The new public intervention, Don Was Here, uses tagging and stencils to retrace the original route of the Don River all along the Lower Don Valley pathway, as an extension of the Eco-Art Festival at Todmorden Mills. You can meander along the path of the Don River as it once was until September 21 (and probably see some other interesting art in the process).


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