Wall Art

8 July 2022 – Nature’s art, thrown against downtown walls.

Alley walls, to be precise, with exuberant clusters of wildflowers sprawling against the fences & concrete barriers that divide them from Polite Society — but also showcase them so beautifully.

Like this…

and this…

and this…

and this.

Then I’m out of the alley, looping back east along West 6th — and, suddenly, the wall itself is the art.

And surely the work of some human hand? A wall-to-wall, ground-to-roof triumph of delicate pointillist tracery — perhaps a precursor of our Mural Festival yet to come?

But no.

The art is on the wall, but it is nature’s art after all.

The Ghost of Ivy Past.

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  1. Dear WW, I showed this to our friend Peter, erstwhile architect-urban forester, who is as wowed as I am. The ivy was not Virginia Creeper but something rootier (a highly technical term I dug from deep-botany memory). Onward to a nerdy search of ivy roots…

  2. I love your description of “ …wildflowers sprawling against the fences & concrete barriers that divide them from Polite Society.” The lilies, mums and Sweet William that were once cultivated and protected have reverted to a more original version of themselves; hardier and healthier and no longer in need of the services behind the fence. Cheers.

    • like the wild lupines I remember rampaging all over Nova Scotia roadsides, gulleys & ditches — back to basic purple but healthy as all-get-out

  3. Nancy Loviska

     /  11 July 2022

    The only good ivy is ghost ivy 😉

    • well it’s about to be named! even ghosts, even thank-god-it’s-only-a-ghost ghosts, deserve to be named…

  4. You know I’m working backward so WOW! I had no idea how extensive that ivy was! It looks very interesting now. And all the flowers, just Yes, Yes, Yes!

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