A perfect pit stop for graffiti artists, an abandoned industrial building near the rail tracks. Not sure if the industrial building that is seen from Industrial Parkway here in Aurora, near Sheppard’s Bush Conservation area, is abandoned. Maybe it isn’t. It is however a deteriorated white building, with chipping paint, dripping water, some broken and bricked windows, and some large scale public artwork on the main wall facing the road. The artists found it. I am not sure how old the artwork is there on that building; perhaps now also abandoned by the artists. However, I know that it had some slight additions, including what I call a “giant cupcake”.
Unfortunately graffiti is often classified as vandalism regardless of its artistic appearance since it involves public or private structures being defaced in a manner without the proper permission. Some may recognize bad graffiti versus good graffiti. Around Aurora the majority of graffiti is more artistic than blatantly offensive, at least that is what I think since most of us can’t decipher what is still around. Other graffiti, like that under the John West Way underpass, gets painted over and over again and it’s just unfortunate that someone keeps coming back to write vulgar messages over and over again.
I am sure in the future you will see more of the town’s graffiti images in my blog posts, just like the one I really like at the Sheppard’s Bush and the one when I photographed young artists in action, artwork for The Loft Youth Room at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex (AFLC).
Last note, I have never seen anyone painting graffiti but I did get to see some workers scrubbing some off an overpass bridge near Barrie.
“If it takes more than 5 minutes, its not graffiti.” ― Mint Serf
“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse.
“A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.” – Hans Hofmann
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ― Pablo Picasso
Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
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