A Touch of Classic

It never ceases to amaze me that garbage bins are proudly displayed in front of fabulous street art.

It’s enough that the artists must work around poles, pipes and wires.

Another oddity is planting a bank of trees in front. I love trees, they are nature’s art, so why bother with the painting, then?

I expect to see a parking infraction sign on it, soon.

Quite the beauty!

Pics taken by Resa – February 3, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The artist:

60 thoughts on “A Touch of Classic

  1. Timothy Price

    That’s a wonderful mural. So you have WM in Toronto? We have them down here, also. When they built the new building behind our office, one concession we got on the alley is we were able to trade in 3 disgusting dumpsters for a shared trash compactor that is enclosed by a wall.

    1. It’s a great piece. I walked for 1.5 hours to get to it. I could have taken TTC, but it’s the whole reason I love street art. I get to walk.
      Yes, WM….they do industrial/commercial trash control. The city does home and small businesses.
      The amount of trash I throw out in a week, blows my mind. When I think of all the trash we toss out in Toronto, the 4th largest city in North America, I get very queasy. Yes, I recycle, but not everything can goes into recycling. We also have green bin here, which is all food waste. Still, I’ve seen reports that show our efforts are under preforming.
      No wonder I love my Art Gowns so much. I make them out of trash.

    1. It’s good ….erm… to see someone ….erm …. corporation….. making big bucks taking care of our garbage!
      It is a wonderful piece of art. I haven’t had time to go to the AGO for 6 years. I’m way too, busy in the alleys! 😀

  2. Such a strong determined look on that beautiful face….even with the dumpster (maybe that’s where the determination comes from – she will shine despite the bin!) Something else I noticed was that on the slightly close up images, the crack in the wall looked like the handle of an artist’s paintbrush and the lady seemed to have it held in her mouth.

    1. IKR, she’s beautiful!
      I thought the exact same thing about the paintbrush held by her lips.
      I thought that the moment I laid eyes on her. Of course I saw it was a pipe.
      When I was making this post, I wondered if anyone would point it out.
      You did, and yes, it is an exceptional piece.

  3. I guess that’s Graffiti’s lot in life – to obscure and be obscured; to take over space then be taken over. It seems quite an organic art in how it must interact with the environment. Thanks for sharing – that’s quite an excpetional piece!

    1. Yes, it is an exceptional piece. It will also be organically obscured, eventually. Some pieces have more street cred/respect and last much longer.
      Of course, some places spend a lot of $ having art done on their building. Being on the front street, with surveillance cameras and lots of lights ensures longevity. 😀

  4. Ah, Resa – the symbolism is marked and a call to action. We live in a complex world – garbage and waste will continue to be problematic. And yet, despite this art and creativity leaves an overarching message. A marvelous mural.

    1. The garbage and waste thing is overwhelming the planet.
      Alas, Rebecca, you are right. The complete photo of the garbage bin(tagged to death) in front of the art is art in itself, with a message!

  5. Oscars for overrated film makers and ‘look at me, I’m great’ actors whether vaguely tolerable or seemingly acceptable within any given year. Nought for street artists delivering passion and prompting reaction amongst the general populous…a racism of genres. A fine post indeed, Resa. TOL likes this.

    1. IKR! I watched the Oscars…. only because I wanted to see a tribute to Kirk Douglas, but I missed the tribute when I went to the bathroom, only I didn’t know I missed it.
      I watched the rest of the unsatisfying show waiting for the tribute.
      Street art, on the other hand, is satisfying to find and view.
      Well, TOL, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I’m starting B-EC tomorrow…maybe tonight.

      1. The art of the people always trumps the art of the spoilt. That’s why the gifted people, whatever their art, always win out in my book. As to my actual book, I wish you well and trust it leaves no permanent scars! I jest, yet worry over these things. You got me with IKR. I’ve only recently decoded OMG. Regards, TOUSF

          1. TOUSF = The Old Useless Stupid Fool. I decided upon that tag yesterday merely because dear Shirl was doing ‘things’ with electric drills, club hammers, paintbrushes, ladders and lifting heavy boxes. I felt a tad guilty as all these ‘things’ are beyond my capabilities. I’ve never even considered stove cleaning, yet by its name I think I can safely say it’s not a thing within my ability portfolio. However, I do do all the shopping and cooking…even peeling veg and slicing onions despite the fact that prep bores me senseless. At least she enjoys my culinary offerings Regards, TOF

    1. IKR!
      I can’t count the times I’m on a main street, taking pics of a mural, and someone walks by. They look at me like I’m weird. Then they look at what I might be taking a pic of, and do 5 double takes.
      They don’t see the art unless someone points at it.

    1. Believe me, I tried, but it was full and heavy. Love The Viking and The Courtesan!
      xoxoxo(the bin is like Malice’s iron neck band! It’s unseemly, but does not effect the beauty!)

    1. Aww, thank you Socrates!
      I find street art has a magic all it’s own, in spite of parked cars or garbage.
      Some of the best art is in the worst places. So, that’s where I go!
      I always do my best!

  6. Now that’s an amazing portrait… classy and beautiful, so well done! In a way, it’s as if she’s reconciled with the existence of the bin, knowing her beauty can’t be spoiled by anything. Perfect, Resa! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo [from H too!]

    1. I love it! True, the bin can’t really harm her. I went to find another piece by this artist. It’s location is semi-secret. After a 2.5hour walk, I had to come home. Next day above freezing, I’m out there!
      -H- xoxoxoxoxoxxooxoxo

    1. Thank you Holly! This was a satisfying work to photograph. I passed it on a bus one day. Then after I finished taking pics in Kensington for an hour, I walked back to it. It takes 1.5 hours to walk from Kensington to this painting, in case anyone needs to know. LOL!! xoxoxo

      1. Your are incredible. It takes me a half hour to walk the stairs from the first floor to the eighth where work. We’re talking stairs , dark scary stairs. And those no great mural when I get there. 😊🤗❤️

            1. Ohhh!
              Carry loaded needle, or one of those cop flashlights. You gotta carry it like a cop: on your shoulder lighting in front, If something happens you flip it over fast. It’s a hefty weapon!

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