How Street Art Meets Heritage in Graffiti Alley
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How Street Art Meets Heritage in Graffiti Alley

A project that's right up our alley.

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BY: Many artists
LOCATION: Rush Lane, aka Graffiti Alley
PHOTO BY: Justin Poulsen
FIELD NOTES: Toronto’s alleys are known for their fantastic graffiti, and we’re always encouraging readers to explore this wealth of creativity. Not everyone has the ability to enjoy an alley jaunt, though, and while we’re more than happy to provide glimpses of these bursts of art they are just that: glimpses. So we were pleased to learn about the Graffiti Alley Instatour, a project that takes the digital exploration of street art one massive step further. With the help of Heritage Toronto all you need is access to Instagram to explore some of Toronto’s most iconic graffiti.

Stitching together 800 photos in 1,300 Instagram posts with accompanying history and context makes for a much more immersive and accessible experience. It’s also a big nod toward the positive impact graffiti has had in the Toronto cityscape and in the creation of culture and community.

Here’s a little video preview until you have time to immerse yourself in the tour.

Graffiti Alley Instatour from Havas Worldwide Canada on Vimeo.

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email [email protected].