There is just something special about graffiti art. Some is worthy of a spot in a gallery, instead of being questioned whether it is truly an artistic form at all. I had previously seen such amazing street art in Barcelona, plastered on random garage doors. And it was creatively spectacular. But, then I took a walk down Graffiti Alley in downtown Toronto, an entire road exploded with the colorful works of well-known graffiti artists.
A bucket list worthy display, to say the least.
Located in the Fashion District of town, Graffiti Alley runs south of Queen Street from Spadina Avenue to Portland Avenue and features art from Poser, Skam, Spud, Birdo, Bacon and many others.
Their names are almost as unique as the art itself. It made me question what my street artist name would be? Maybe Annelicous? Or Spudette?
When we arrived, there was no one else in the alley. Huh? I bet there were hundreds of people taking the elevator to the top of CN Tower at the moment, but not a single sole here taking in this innovative talent.
Fine. More room for me.
I slowly strolled through the street, taking dozens of photos. Just about every crevice was vibrantly picturesque. The only thing that could have made this experience better would be if there was an artist there who could give me a personal lesson. Maybe next time.
Beware, graffiti art is fleeting, so what you see today may not be there tomorrow. Just another reason to pay more than one visit to Graffiti Alley.