Local, Far-Flung … & a Tease

30 November 2016 – This one is Local, definitely local.

Cyndie & I are walking south on Bay at dusk, no destination, just the joy of being outdoors on such a fresh, mild evening. We wander into Nathan Phillips Square, cast an appreciative eye on our clam-shell City Hall, circle sculptures & read plaques, walk through the Peace Gardens, and then stand delighted when we catch sight of the pond.

Which, despite mild weather, is now officially in skating-rink mode.

skating in Nathan Phillips Sq., Queen W & Bay

Laughter, adult & child; selfies; swish of blades on ice; music on the loudspeaker. It really is fun.

On to Far-Flung.

My friend Chris is just back from his travels, which included — along with Petra & other major bucket-list destinations — a stay in Cyprus. Once home, he showed me what he discovered on the streets of Limassol.

Street art.

With his permission, I’m sharing some of it with you. From squid-girl …

Limassol Cyprus, by Chris C

to a line-up of wall critters (plus a wall bike, far end) …

Limassol Cyprus, by Chris C

to a big old lady bug …

Limassol Cyprus, by Chris C

to fresh-art DNA …

Limassol Cyprus, by Chris C

to a pensive mother & child.

Limassol Cyprus, by Chris C

That in turn brings us to …

my Tease.

Also a mother & child, but the work of Chilean-Canadian street artist Shalak Attack, on a wall right here in Toronto. (Roughly Dundas West & Brock, if you’re in the neighbourhood & curious.)

Dundas W & Bock, by Shalak Attack

I know it’s local. It is also my tease.

You will see.

Leave a comment


  1. Toronto has such rich street art! Very interesting 🙂 PedroL

  2. Mary C

     /  30 November 2016

    Have a great time!

  3. Maybe every city is as rich in street art as Toronto, and we just don’t have your dedication to seeking it out! Thank you for passing on the Limassol art too.

  4. Cyprus! Street art is everywhere! Great stuff!


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