Posts Tagged ‘people’

Eight squares of positive messages.

With the strength of our diversity;
With the wisdom of our ancestors.

We look ahead to our prosperity

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person's back

We create our own identity

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person's back, braided hair down middle of head

Based on love and empathy

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person's back, short hair, tattoo of sun on back of neck, carrying a violin case on his back

We firmly believe in equality

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person's back

Embracing our unity; unleashing our creativity

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person

Striving for peace and respect

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person, in profile, holding a parasol over their head, hair held back in a bun with pair of chop sticks

These simple paintings are arranged along a fence at Kingston and Galloway Roads in the West Hill neighbourhood in Scarborough. At one end, on Galloway Road, only the back of the person is seen from the sidewalk. In the middle, the people are starting to turn so that by the other end of the line they face the street.

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person of Caribbean origin, male, wearing oversized heat

concrete block against a metal fence with simple painting of a person, male, african type clothing including hat

This was a StreetARToronto project with the help of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough as well as Behind the Line

Walking up Yonge Street on a grey damp September day – from Adelaide to Dundas

below:  Southeast corner of Adelaide & Yonge: the (sort of) dome shaped entrance way with the stained glass roof is under renovation.

a couple walks on the sidewalk, along Adelaide, near northeast corner of Yonge, construction on the southeast corner, renovation of entranceway to office building

below: Walking his bike up Yonge Street

a man walks his bike on the sidewalk, northbound on Yonge street, east side, north of Adelaide

below: Looking north up Yonge Street from Richmond

looking north up Yonge street from Richmond

below: Looking west on Temperance Street towards a wall of glass

lookingwest on Temperance Street from Yonge street, a young man is crossing the street, a wall of glass condos rises in the west

below: Dineen Coffee on the ground floor the old building on the northwest corner of Yonge and Temperance streets. The coffee company took its name from the building – the Dineen Building, once home to furriers W. and D. Dineen Co. (until the 1930s). The building was built in 1897 and was added to the City of Toronto Heritage list in 1973. Ceilings in it were made of bronze and aluminum plates; this was the first time that aluminum was used as a building material in Canada.

Dineen coffee, an old building on the northwest corner of Yonge and Temperance streets.

below: Dineen Building, 1927.  The 2012 restoration was very faithful to the original facade.

vintage 1927 black and white photo of the Dineen Building in Toronto, source, TPL, Toronto Public Library

Source: Online,  Toronto Public Library Archives. Unknown photographer for the Toronto Star newspaper.

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Yonge street on a rainy day, two people with black umbrellas walk past mado, an empty storefront

below: Streetcars on Queen West under the redesigned pedestrian walkway.

TTC streetcar on Queen Street at Yonge, outside Eaton Centre

below: Looking north from Shuter Street.  Since the late 1970s, the west side of this block has been dominated by the Eaton Centre.  When the mall was first completed, it destroyed any street scene that had existed there.  Subsequent alterations have improved this block at street level a bit.

below: Looking north up Yonge Street from Queen back at a time when the new Eatons store at the north end of the Eaton Centre was built (at Dundas, completed 1977) but the old stores on the west side of Yonge hadn’t been completely demolished. This photo was found online on blogTO – here’s the link to their site if you are interested in the history of the Eaton Centre construction.

1970s faded colour photo of Eaton centre development, found on blogTO website, original photo from Toronto Archives, people crossing Yonge street in front of construction, one tall building in the background, as well as new Eatons building at north end of Eaton Centre

hand written sign on ground leaning against an information and map stand on Yonge Street, poster says Iran needs help

a young man walks south on Yonge, over a metal grid in the sidewalk that is an air vent for the subway that runs underneath, picnic benches for a patio beside the sidewalk, traffic, construction signs on the street including a large arrow directing traffic into the righthand lane

store signs on Yonge Street, Burger King, a tailor shop, vans, and Ed Mirvish theatre

below: Massey Hall, Shuter Street

a man is eating as he walks past ads for a bank and financial security, Massey Hall sign in the background

below: Reflections in the windows as you approach Dundas. I’m not sure what the relevance of “drunk elephant” is!

a man walking towards the camera, beside a large store front window with reflections, including the words drunk elephants

below: Tourists in the city; cameras out at Yonge Dundas Square.

people standing on the upper level of a double decker bus, hop on hop off tour bus in Toronto that is covered with Harry Potter ad, at Dundas Square with large billboards in the background with ads for Disney - the rebellion begins, poker stars casinos epic games, and Andor

looking towards Yonge Dundas Square on the southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas

people walking with umbrellas on wet sidewalk on Yonge, at Edward, going south towards Dundas

There are more rainy day photos of people at Yonge and Dundas in the next blog post.

Hanging out and Yonge and Dundas and trying to stay dry

two young women standing in the rain at the corner of Yonge and Dundas, a Hop on hop off tourist bus behind them, large red planters in the square, one woman with a blue umbrella, the other wearing a bright yellow rain jacket with hood up

a man on a blue motorbike, in the rain, silver coloured helmet, scowling at the weather, woman behind him has hair blowing in the wind

two men talking to each other as they stand beside an electric billboard advert with bright yellow background, other people waiting under scaffolding for the rain to stop

decorated bus shelter, large picture of a hand reaching out, a man in the bus shelter with a microphone, another man walking past with hood up because of the rain, third man with gold and white striped umbrella

people getting off a streetcar on Dundas, in the rain, hurrying to try to stay dry, a woman with an umbrella stands on the sidewalk

people crossing yonge street in the rain, two sharing an umbrella, one holding a white box and hiding under the fur lined hood of her green jacket

a woman in a red jacket with a white umbrella and black purse, walks towards TTC streetcar doors that haven't opened yet, a man holding up his pants is also waiting for streetcar

a young couple share an umbrella and walk hand in hand together as they cross Dundas Street in front of the red planters at Yonge Dundas square

a man in a blue hoodie grimaces as he walks in the rain, behind him, a woman with a red backpack gets onto a streetcar TTC

woman with red umbrella and long beige coat walks in front of a car, in the rain, at Yonge and Dundas,

a man in shorts and sandals with a blue umbrella stands beside a woman in black boots and long coat, under shelter while it rains, waiting for a green light to cross Dundas Street

three young woman standing together beside a lit electric advertisement

people crossing on the diagonal at Yonge and Dundas, kids with pink rain coats, woman with pink umbrella, family with large rainbow umbrella, man with a broken umbrella

man in grey hoodie walking with head down in the rain as he crosses a wet street

people with umbrellas walking in the rain at Yonge and Dundas

people crossing yonge street in the rain, one with brown and white animal print umbrella and wearing a covid mask

a young man holding a blue umbrella

two people in cheap flimsy red ponchos in the rain, walking on Yonge street, behind a man with an umbrella

The Ex is back (whether or not you think Covid is over!)

looking through a window, a pile of corndogs for sale at the ex

young girl trying to hold onto bar and hang there as long as possible, while a young man with a stuffed banana tries to encourage her

people throwing wiffle balls, ball toss game, cne midway

mother and young son at ring toss game, while cne employee sweeps up rings from the ground

two kids eating pizza

young kids at the cne midway watching people on rides, looking up

young men dressed in black lined up along a counter, ball toss game at cne

two people waiting at a veggie corndog vendor, the vendor next to them is advertising pickle lemonade

two kids and two women at a ring toss game, small red rings over the neck of coke bottles

man in dark sunglasses and turquoise shirt, standing in front of wall of giant stuffies, pointing at someone

young girl with fedora, helping to clip large blue stuffie into a stroller

a young muslim boy watches people on a midway ride, cne

an older woman sitting at a crown and anchor betting game at the ex

mother, father, and son plying ring toss game at cne midway

a young woman in black top and blue jeans gets ready to hang from a bar as long as possible in order to try to win a prize

people watching a man hang from a bar

people watching a man hang from a bar

cne midway, a blue wall with a big ad for slushy bear, pastel colour flags on the roof

two men with daughters kneeling on stools, playing water shooter game at cne

buying fries

a young man has his arms around the waist of a woman as they watch at the cne

a young woman waits her turn for a cne midway ride

a man in a booth with the words fear this in yellow on the window, sitting and looking out at the cne midway

people at the ex, midway

people waiting their turn to get on a ride at the cne

people at the cne midway, lining up by ring of fire ride

back of a woman in a white baseball cap and very long turquoise dreadlocks, braids

people on the midway, a man shields his eyes from the afternoon sun

young people at the cne midway

More 2022 CNE photos on a previous post (around and around we go).

…. and up and down, and back and forth….

people with concerned looks on face as they free fall in a ride at the CNE

Riding fun at the CNE midway!

a man in a red t shirt sits in a booth as he controls a ride at the Canadian National Exhibition, a ring with riders whizzing past

a young girl and her mother spinning in a red round pod at ride at cne

mother and daughter screaming and laughing on roller coaster ride

a young couple are harnassed into a ride at the cne while they wait for it to start

many people sitting on Egyptian boat, pharoah, ride at the Canadian National Exhibition, as it swings to one side and they are near vertical in the air

young asian couple enjoying a roller coaster ride, laughing, leaning into each other as they go around a corner

two young men watch a ride

an older couple having a good time on the alpine crossing ride as it spins around, the ex,

two men working at the cne in red shirts, helping to make sure that young riders are strapped in safely to their seats

a man watches a spinning ride at the ex, as people are standing as they spin

screaming and hair flying as ride goes around picture of a woman with a snowboard, cne midway

three young people in prone position in a ride at the cne

three young men on a flying ride over the midway at the c n e

nearing vertical at a ride at the cne

young people enjoying a ride in green pods at the cne

people at the ex, on midway rides

two men holding hands as they get ready for a free fall ride at the ex

young women laughing as they go around in circles on a ride at the cne midway

a young man in white framed sunglasses, midway ride at cne

hanging up in the air, midway ride at cne

There have been previous Paste Platz posts on this site, starting with the original post just after the first artworks went up in Sept 2021.  It was subsequently revisited and updated in Dec 2021.  Street art is never permanent and anything at street level is subject to the whims of others who might want to deface, attempt to remove, or just add their own to the mix.   Unsurprisingly, there have been more changes to the “installation” since then.  Jumblefacefoto face and eye mash-ups now dominate part of it.

jeremy lynch jumblefotoface collages made with black and white photos of people where he switches out the eyes, large format, on a wall outdoors near Charlotte and Adelaide.

paste platz paste ups, black and white photos of faces, printed very large, with coloured photos of different people's eyes over the black and white ones, collages, with small artworks below that are actually about the history of graffiti and or photography

What has also appeared is a series of small collages underneath the faces and these smaller ones tell part of the history of graffiti and street art, especially with respect to wheatpaste.  They are small and easily overlooked; you can see the difference in sizes in the photo above.  Here are some of them:

strips of text printed on paper glued to a wall, each strip gives an important date and event in the history of graffiti

Graffiti Dates
“1980s/90s
Wheat paste as an art process and medium –
Street artists adopt or incorporate wheat paste into their practice often former graffiti/stencil based artists trying to avoid further criminal charges.
1988/89 Shepard Fairy
1991 Blek le Rat
1992 Michael De Feo
1998 D’Face
1999 Faile collective
1999 Logan Hicks
other notable street artists who worked with wheat paste and paved the way include Hutch, duo Sten & Lex, Jestonorama, Christofer Chin/Tofer, Ludo, JR, and Swoon”

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a short description of nouveau realisme in the history of street art
caption on photo: bleu O noir, 1955, Jacques Villegle

text  on paper: “Jacques Villegle, an artist involved in Nouveau Realisme, began creating artwork from ripped and torn posters he salvaged from the streets of Paris in the late 1940s.”
“Decollage is a French word meaning literally un-pasting or to unstick, and generally associated with a process used by artists of the Nouveau Realisme (New Realism) movement in the 1960s that involved making art from posters ripped from walls. The process of decollage took an archeological character and was seen as a means of uncovering historical information. The Nouveau Realistes exhibited their ripped poster artworks as aesthetic objects and social documents.”

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text: “Faile – An artist collective with graphic design roots active since 1999 who view their wheat paste street art os a development of an image process over which they will ultimately have no control, and as a frame for other people’s work. Inspired by Nouveau Realisme and The Situationists, Faile accepts and welcomes decay, damage to their work by ripping and tearing, and other people pasting over their work.”

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text (above): “Shepard Fairey – Screenprint, sticker, and wheatpaste artist Shepard Fairey became known for his 1989 “Andre the Giant has a Posse (“Obey Giant”) sticker campaign featuring the image of wrestler Andre the Giant. Fairey’s mysterious imagery was seen around the world and often confused as advertising and propaganda. Fairy intended Obey Giant and his later works to inspire curiosity with a “non-message” and cause people to question their relationship with their surroundings, society, and values. “The medium is the message.” Fairy used the philosopher Marshall McLuhans’s theory of communication and combines it with the notion of repetition, symbolism, and iconography.”

text (below): “Shepard Fairey’s historic poster of Barack Obama for the 2008 U.S. presidential election became a widely recognized however divisive symbol, challenging ideas of hope in political systems.”


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text: “Swoon – Brooklyn-based artist and activist Swoon became known for her intricate engravings on recycled paper, creating elegant life-sized portraits of family and friends. Her work is about place, home, family, community, and also global issues of environment and climate change. Swoon has successfully navigated both the street art world and the art gallery setting with her only rule to be proud of the result. Her works have entered permanent collections in MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum.”

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There are also some panels featuring the past work of well known documentary photographers including two American women Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) and Dorothea Lange (1895-1965).

Billboard featuring “World’s Highest Standard of Living – There’s no way like the American Way” behind a line of African-Americans displaced be the Great Ohio River Flood line up at a relief station in Louisville Kentucky.  ” The Louisville Flood, 1937″ by Margaret Bourke-White

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Residents of Japanese ancestry appear for registration prior to evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration (FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps)  Photo by Dorothea Lange, “Waiting for Registration, San Francisco, 1942”

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paste ups street art

There are two large Elicser murals on Queen West just west of Ossington. The first is ‘Communication’ on the side of 1052 Queen West.

a mural on Queen Street West by elicser titled communications, showing a diverse group of people

The text part of the mural was the work of street artist Sight.

part of a mural by Elicser, a girl in a wheelchair

part of a mural by elicser elliot showing the heads of a group of people

Just around the corner, at Brookfield and Queen West is a mural that Elicser has just finished.  It is a departure from his usual style – it is still a picture of a person but it is much more abstract.

a large mural of a an abstracted person lying on his or her side with knees bent up

This second mural is part of StreetARToronto’s New Dawn laneway project (see previous post for another mural in this project).

a large mural of a an abstracted person lying on his or her side with knees bent up and face down

As an aside: The last time that google filmed this section of Queen West, the ‘Communication’ mural had been started but was not yet finished.

painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes, reflective sunglasses, head band scarf, red shirt with Spanish dancer pictures on it

I came across these colourful sculptures at the Distillery District this past weekend. There are thirteen of them, all painted by different artists.

painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes

painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes, Frida Kahlo

painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes, Marilyn Munro type face, Mickey mouse stencils on body

a row of painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes, 6ix Art Outdoor exhibit

painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes, people walking past and looking at them, outdoors

grey haired woman taking a picture of painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes

painted sculptures at Distillery District, abstract people shapes, Asian woman standing beside one with pink head scarf, 4 eyes, and a turquoise top

Artists:

Alex Garant,
AlfAlfA,
Caitlin Taguibao,
Clandestino Art,
David Anthony,
Fatspatrol,
Gosia Komorski,
Jacquie Comrie,
Jieun June Kim,
Michael Sparaco,
Natasha Kudashkina,
Peter Triantos,
Que Rock,
and Yen Linh Thai.

Yesterday, Sunday of the long August weekend, I was sitting on a streetcar after walking around downtown.  I was in no rush; I was enjoying the scenery and the people watching.  The streetcar detoured off route so I didn’t end up where I expected to.  But no problem, I had my camera with me.

very front of a TTC bus at a bus stop with a streetcar turning in front of it, also reflections of turning streetcar. Some people standing on the sidewalk

These photos are glimpses of life in the city as seen through a streetcar window as it passes by.  Most of them were taken through glass…  and often the streetcar was moving…  so please don’t expect technically perfect shots!

hot summer day, people waiting for an arriving TTC streetcar on College Street, woman in a wide brim blue hat and flowery skirt, man in blue Hawaiian shirt with orange and yellow flowers

below: Northeast corner of Spadina and College streets.

northeast corner of Spadina and College streets, people crossing Spadina, low rise old brick building

below: “The Best in Town”for banana boats! cones!  sundaes! shakes!

an ice cream truck on College Street,

a person in orange t shirt and white shorts running to cross intersection of Bay and College

below: Dundas at Bay. Ryerson School of Management, Best Buy, and Canadian Tire.

intersection of Bay and Dundas, westbound traffic and bikes, some pedestrians ready to cross Bay as well.

below: Reflections on Dundas

reflections of a TTC streetcar in the window of a building on Dundas

below: Surfacing from Dundas subway station

people exiting Dundas subway station on the northwest corner of Dundas and Yonge, a couple trying to figure where they are

below: The newest mural near Dundas and Victoria.

large black and white mural on Dundas Street, white car parked in front of it. Mural features portraits of people

below: University buildings at Dundas and Church – and the rebranding of Ryerson as TMU (Toronto Metropolitan University).

corner of Dundas and Church streets, looking northwest, Ryerson University buildings, a man on a bike waiting for a green light

below: Ran out of gas, northeast corner of Dundas and Church

northeast corner of Dundas and College. Old gas station that has pumps and most of buildings removed, overhang structure still in place, taller buildings behind

below: Dundas and Mutual.  An old building put to a modern use.

corner of Dundas and Mutual, two men on bikes, older house on corner with yellowish brick and mansord roof, now a cannabis shop

below: The sign says it all. Every time I pass Filmores I am surprised to still see it standing. I thought that it was supposed to be torn down months (years?) ago.  I was also surprised to see Filmores on sites like Expedia, Hotel.com and Booking.com.  You can’t actually book one of their “straight forward rooms” on these sites, you have to call or email the hotel directly.  If you want to know more than that, you’ll have to do your own research!

front of Filmores Hotel on Dundas Ave., with sign over front entrance that says the rumours of our closing are greatly exaggerated

below: You might be able to stay at Filmores, but you can’t eat at The Love Cafe anymore.

old sign for the love cafe, bent and slightly broken above heart shaped sign, on exterior of the restaurant

below: Christmas wreaths on the doors of Dunhill Electric Co.

Dunhill electric, a very narrow storefront on Dundas

below: Dundas and Ontario Streets, Royal Oak Inn

Dundas and Ontario streets, Royal Oak Inn, Hydra Tattoo

below: Dundas and Parliament, north side

Dundas at Parliament

people sitting on a TTC bus

a young woman in black hajib and white bag walks past closed doors of a bus

Happy trails!

little colourful plastic windmill attached to mirror of firetruck, also 2 yellow balloons and 1 green balloon

Dancing in the streets.  Pride 2022.

Toronto Pride Parade 2022, start of route, man in long pink gloves posing with woman in hat with flowers on it

people sitting on scaffolding over sidewalk by construction site to watch pride parade, two have rainbow flags

person in costume at pride parade, hair wig made of ribbons, big puffy skirt, ribbons in curls as collar

group cheering and blowing whistles, arms up, getting ready for pride parade, TD canada trust group in green t shirts with rainbows on them

stuffed tiger with rainbow garland around it, on front of a motorcycle

group dancing, choreography, with pink puffs in each hand, practising before the pride parade

group dancing, choreography, with pink puffs in each hand, practising before the pride parade

young girl helping to hold white banner, marching with pride, other hands holding the banner too, toronto pride parade 2022

face painted person, with sparkles on face too, holding a sign with all the colours of the LGBQT flag, with words be proud, born this way

man in grey hair, silver crown, bending over to talk closely to woman in hat covered with multi coloured flowers, start of pride parade

rainbow striped ankle socks, and running shoes with red, yellow, and blue on them, standing on a sidewalk box to get a better look at passing pride parade

young woman tying orange balloons to a pride parade float, NDP float, she's wearing orange too

marilyn munro air kissing, under rainbow umbrella, white dress and gloves and sparkly silver purse

kids playing in bubbles while a man in a yellow t shirt walks past, on a street,

it gets better canada on purple t shirts, holding hands, people, pride parade

placard at pride parade that says protect bipoc queer kids

great dane dog with a group getting ready to walk in pride parade

large letters S and I made of balloons in a pride parade, held by a man in yellow with white hat

3 teenage girls plus another woman standing on side of street watching pride parade, temporary tattoos on their legs,

three young people holding a rainbow type flag over their heads as they watch pride parade

two men in pink at pride parade

two wagons full of trojan condom packages

two people at pride parade, one in rainbow striped shirt and the other in rainbow netting outfit with stickers over nipples, thong underwear under neath

member of skule university of toronto engineering school in pride parade

people with signs at pride parade, pflag group, totally rad mum and dad, labels are for canned soup, love is love

women cheering and taking photos while watching pride parade

some members of triggerfish in their speedo suits, dancing with red fans

plastic fuzzy garlands on front of a fire truck

man with rainbow bandana around head, and scarf on back as well as many bracelets, holding small Canadian flag, dances in the street for pride parade

crowds on scaffolding, many levels up, at Yonge and Bloor

policeman and crowd at pride, lots of bubbles in the air

a boy holding a Canadian rainbow flag, small girl beside him with sunglasses lowered

woman in magenta glasses and cowboy hat laughing with woman with rainbow bandana over her head

getting ready for pride parade, man with gold collar and not much else, woman in red sari, tattoos, drinking from bottle

people up on scaffolding to get above street level to watch pride parade

woman watching pride parade is holding a small dog with a rainbow bandana around its neck

back view of two people hugging, one in a plaid shirt and the other in a rainbow t shirt

Toronto Pride Parade, person with tattoo on upper arm holding an orange sign that says we love trans youth. Tattoo says In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy

little plastic windmills in different colours with little pride flags as decorations on a float in pride parade

Photos from Dyke March 2022