A trip to the Spit.
|LOCATION:||The Leslie Spit|
|FIELD NOTES:||The Leslie Spit, a nature oasis well within the city limits, is a five-kilometre-long spot of parkland that was created from the rubble remains of demolished Toronto buildings. About half the Spit is recreational, while the rest is still an active dumping zone. Right in between is an area colloquially known as Broken Brick Beach—a stretch of land that isn’t officially accessible to the public but has been around for long enough that the hundreds of thousands of bricks that make up the environment have been softened by the slow erosion of water and time (the rusty rebar not so much, so explore at your own risk). The result is a post-apocalyptic landscape that inspires play and creativity. These lovely sculptures demonstrate a way people can contribute to the streetscape (or waterscape in this case) in a way that doesn’t ruffle any feathers. It’s perfect for the creative folk who want to create spontaneous public art while staying within the long arm of the law—almost. These pieces do involve some minor trespassing, but we couldn’t be the Vandalist column without at least a snippet of controversy.|