Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bikes and Sights: On The Wall Street Art Festival

One of the most interesting things we encountered while biking along this past summer is the mural artwork that is a result of Kingston’s first ever street art festival, which took place during the week of August 18 - 24.

City Council unanimously waived the graffiti by-law for that period, and twenty artists transformed a retaining wall, which consists of 23 concrete panels, into an art gallery. This event took place at Douglas R. Fluhrer Park; a beautiful 2.85 hectare (7 acre) waterfront recreational area.

We didn't attend the festival where you were able to watch the artists at work, but we did stop by to see the artistic results and snap some photos.

Take a look at some of them...

A once boring concrete wall, which you only see a small portion of it here, is now an art gallery.

Is it just me, or does the creature above seem to be part squirrel, part dragon and part mermaid?

A brooding artist with a sense of humour?

Look how sad the flower is. Things will get better, little flower.

Isn't this just fabulous?

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

It's no wonder the poor raccoons always get a bad rap.

Artwork with animals in it is always enjoyable.

I love this. So wonderfully moody.

Fantastic creation. And fun!

These are just a few of the many unique and contemporary art projects we saw on this wall. They will remain here for a year, at which point they'll be painted over to refresh the area. I hope to share more with you in the future.

I tell you, there’s just no end to the interesting things you encounter while biking along.

Has your area ever hosted such an event?

30 comments:

  1. Fabulous! We have some nice permanent murals in Edmonton. And also a lot of nice / not so nice graffiti.

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    1. I love stuff like this; gives the artists a wonderful creative outlet. Legally. We have some 'not so nice' graffiti around here, too.

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  2. What a great way to decorate an otherwise boring concrete retaining wall! And local artists get their chance to be creative. I love it!

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    1. I think it's great, Linda. And I hope they do this again next year.

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  3. This sure isn't graffiti! Beautiful!

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  4. There are interesting things all around us everywhere, if only we will look. I love the creativity of graffiti artists. It reminds me of the creativity of teenagers texting: so in the moment, fresh and original, breaking rules. Have a happy day, Martha!

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    1. Yes, they can be quite creative. It would have been interesting to see these artists in action. Maybe next year!

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  5. Unfortunately not, but as soon as I see one, well when I used to see one I'd take a photo before it disappeared I had some that were so magnificently beautiful, that i gasped, unfortunately I hadn't learned back then to save all my photos on a stick..live and learn, these are quite artistic Martha

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    1. Some of them can be outstanding, Lorraine. I always photograph it when I see one that's really great. I can barely draw stick figures, so I'm always fascinated by this type of talent. We have some artistically inclined family members who are naturals at it. Unfortunately, that gene didn't get passed onto me. But happily, it did get passed onto my younger daughter!

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  6. Hiya Martha ... trying to read some blogs again ... GREAT graffiti art ~ Everyday, I keep saying to myself that I want NEED a tricycle... have you seen the adult tricycles? with a basket..,. hahaa and I'll put me an umbrella onnit ... off I'll go in search of good stuff!

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    1. Carolyn, I have to say that the blogging world is just not the same without you in it! I miss hearing from you, and I definitely miss all your great posts. I'm just glad I get a glimpse of you on Facebook!

      Go for the tricycle! And take photos so we can see you enjoying it.

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  7. Wow all those look great! Very neat idea.

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    1. First time our city has done this. I hope it happens every year.

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  8. Looks like local artists have been having fun with that art wall. Thanks for the post.

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    1. I bet they had a blast! A wonderful creative outlet.

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  9. I like the sea of stupidity one, reminds me of certain parts or groups in the Bible Belt I live in.

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    1. Well, at least you're floating and not drowning in it!

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  10. This looks like it was a lot of fun photographing, Martha! I particularly likes the baby dinosaur coming through the concrete!!
    We a one particular area in Dartmouth that was given to graffiti artists (the sides/walls of quite a few buildings in the waterfront area) and it is in a state of constant change through out the year. I like graffiti art generally.

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    1. I like the idea of designating areas for artists to express themselves. And this is much better than a dull concrete wall.

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  11. I always like murals. Something that's organized like this brings out some great talent.

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    1. It sure does bring out some great talent. The artists had to submit an application to be accepted, so it was very well organized.

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  12. What a great idea to add some color and creativity to otherwise dull concrete! There's so much personality in these murals.

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    1. That's it, Tina; it's a great way to add colour and creativity to this dull concrete. I hope they do this again.

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  13. There's a big difference between graffiti and Street Art (in my eyes). And those murals are definitely 'not' graffiti! Love them :)

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    1. You got it, Wendy! This is beautiful street art that has enhanced the area.

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  14. Love that yellow snake! (assuming it is a snake)

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    1. It's possible that's what it is. And it's also possible it's a dinosaur. It looks like that to me.

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  15. There really is no end. Thanks for sharing.

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