If you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, make sure to stop by the alleyway behind the west side of Ossington between Queen and Humbert Streets. That is the site for the “Brighten the Corners For the Love of Art” mural project to beautify the laneway and transform it into a 24 hour outdoor art gallery accessible to everyone.
Two of the artists we saw in action last night were Peru143 and EGR, and there are 20 artists altogether who will be painting walls and garages in the alleyway all weekend. According to Steve, many of the artists are local, some are art school trained, and others are learning as they go.
When you visit, you will notice that many of the garage doors have already been tagged, and it doesn’t look like art. This project has been months in the making to cover up those tags, or cover the bare walls before they get tagged, because every wall or garage that gets painted this weekend requires the consent of the owner. The results are really powerful, interesting and artistic. Below is EGR’s mural: