Toivo's "hope." for Toronto
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Toivo’s “hope.” for Toronto

Toronto graffiti artist Toivo (Finnish for “hope”) has painted an eponymous rainbow around town for the past two years. Her optimistic messages span the downtown, but are most easily located on cement tree planters in The Annex and Little Italy. You’ll also find them in the quietest of laneways.
2007_01_07hopeplanter.jpgPlease excuse Torontoist for not obtaining or publishing the artist’s biographical details, as her chosen medium of expression is currently punishable by law. The following statements made by Toivo were received via email:
“I started painting “hope.” a couple of years ago after a period of sadness in my life, at which point I felt very inspired and magical. I wanted to give a part of myself to the world.”
“I love forests and I love trees. Because I live in Toronto and not in a forest somewhere, I notice every tree and planter I pass.”
“I chose ‘hope.’ because I think it’s something that everyone could use a little more of, and I thought that maybe if even only a few people saw my message it could make a difference in their day … or life.”

We at Torontoist hope that Torontonians will find new ways to tag each other with inspiring messages in 2007.
Photos by Toivo and Sharon Harris.