On Friday night at 10:30, the Toronto Public Space Committee‘s Art Attack will “descend on the streets to re-imagine bus shelters as sensational structures of snow,” converting the two ad-adorned boxes at Queen and Jones into something a little more whimsical.
Transit shelters, like garbage bins, are giant heaps of private property littered throughout the sidewalks and roads of our city. And, most of the time, they serve a purpose. But every now and again, it’s nice to assert the public’s ownership of the public realm, however privatized it may be.
People are asked to bring “warm clothes, snow shovels, hot chocolate and cookies (to share), a reusable mug, empty spray bottles, decorations, containers for molding bricks of varying size, and friends!” Thankfully, no snowmakers should be necessary.
Jonathan Goldsbie is, among other things, the TPSC’s “street furniture” campaigner. Photo of a shelter on Broadview by William Self in the Torontoist Flickr Pool.