January 25th, 2016 | Comments Off on Giraffes and Magnolias in Mount Pleasant

This beautiful new mural recently made an appearance in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. It’s the work of Ilya Viryachev, a concept artist and animator in Vancouver.

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The mural is HUGE, stretching down an alley running south just off of 8th Avenue near Main Street. It’s bright, beautiful, and full of magnolias, birds, and giraffes peeking out of the foliage.

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I want more murals like this, because I am greedy for high quality street art.

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July 10th, 2015 | Comments Off on A Sign Of The Times by I Heart

These are photos of a solo show of stencil work by street artist, I Heart. It was up for two days in June before the City of Vancouver had it painted over.

I’m not sure why they were in such a hurry to erase it from the walls of the Granville Bridge underpass when plenty of previous graffiti had been left up there for years. Was it such a big deal that the artist hadn’t asked permission to do this? I’m sure only The City cared about that. This unexpected bit of street art elevated the space, and gave passerby something to think about, talk about, and interact with.

#asignofthetimes By I Heart

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This was clearly a thoughtful exhibition of work but the City of Vancouver did not deal with it in a thoughtful way. Apparently we are better off with looking at drab grey walls than art.

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#asignofthetimes By I Heart

#asignofthetimes By I Heart

#asignofthetimes By I Heart

I would love for Vancouver to have a thriving street art scene the way Toronto does. I think it’s an important part of the cultural landscape, and it’s a way to bring art to the public and make it accessible. I’m trying to figure out how to make this happen.

April 25th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Another highlight of my visit to Toronto was seeing how dramatically the street art scene has grown. There was interesting graffiti to be seen everywhere, and I got in the habit of peering down every alley I passed while walking around. Chances were good I would see something I liked.

There are large concentrations of street art in Graffiti Alley, which runs parallel to Queen from about Spadina to Portland, as well as throughout Kensington Market. But everywhere I walked, no matter the neighbourhood, I found something. These are some of the highlights.

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Located on Collage east of Spadina

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Located behind The Green Room on Bloor Street

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Located on Dundas Street West

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Located in an alley on Bloor Street in the Annex

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Alley off of Queen Street West

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McCaul Street near OCAD.

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A small part of a huge mural on the side of Sanko on Queen Street West

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An alley off of Queen near Dufferin Street

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Kensington Market

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Graffiti Alley

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Graffiti Alley

View the full set of my graffiti photos on Flickr.

I would dearly love to see the Vancouver street art scene grow and thrive on a similar scale. I wonder what needs to be done to make it happen…?