St. Patricks Day Parade, 19 March 2017
Watching floats, bands, banners, flags, leprechauns, bagpipes, drums, dancers, hurlers, soccer players, dragons, shamrocks, leprechauns, crazy hats, green hats, green everything, but most of all, people.
This looks like an ordinary entrance into a TTC subway station. It is.
It’s Bessarion station on Line 4, the Sheppard Line.
I’d be willing to bet that none of you have been to Bessarion subway station. If you’ve heard of the station it’s probably in the context of complaints that no one uses the station so why did the city spend so much money building it. One of the reasons for the low volume of traffic is that there are no bus routes (besides Sheppard) that serve this station. Apparently in 2014 an average of 2380 people used the station on weekdays. If true, then 2379 plus me where there today (although the stats may have increased since then). I took some pictures for you – you will now have an idea of what the station looks like without having to go there.
below: An art installation called ‘Passing’ dominates the yellow walls of the station concourse level. It consists of a band of black and white photographs of legs and feet taken by Sylvie Belanger. The little pictures of hands that I mentioned at the beginning of this blog are also part of this installation.
below: The pictures of legs and feet run around the whole concourse level of the station.
below: Down the escalator to the lower level.
below: I was not alone!
below: The artwork at track level is a continuation of the photographs by Sylvie Belanger. This time the pictures are of the backs of people’s heads and they are incorporated into the red pillars.
below: The outer walls are bare concrete and there are very few ads or posters on the walls.
British mural artist Phlegm has been painting a large mural on the side of 1 St. Clair West. The first time I saw it, was on the 14th of July when it looked liked this:
below: The white background of the mural was painted first.
I have been watching it, checking up on it every couple of days. At first I took photos fairly frequently because I had no idea how long it would take before the mural was finished.
below: 19th July
As it turns out, there is a lot of detail in the mural! It slowly took shape.
below: 21st July
below: Fast forward to today…. the mural is almost finished. …
but wait! Isn’t that the CN tower on the shoulder?
below: Hey! It is the CN tower. And isn’t that the Gooderham/flatiron building? And that building with the little dome, isn’t that on Yonge street?
below: There’s the ROM and its ‘crystal’ too! This is the ‘bottom’ of the figure and in this photo two things become clearer. First, the scale of the project and just how big the mural is becomes apparent. Second, the mural is of a person coming out of the earth, being pulled out by the roots almost. But is it a person? Or is it a living city?
below: The head part – play ‘spot the building’! Is that old city hall?
below: Scalliwags is on one of the knees along with a lot of trees.
below: And last, the feet with more roots at the heels
This project is also a part of the STEPS Initiative program.