In an urban setting you can’t really walk very far without seeing some type of sign that tells you what to do, what not to do, which direction to go etc. That’s why at first it was hard to notice that these signs were more than just your typical everyday sign. They seemingly blended right into their surroundings. That’s the beauty of this street art project, put on by Hamilton’s Centre , you really need to pay attention to find these cool little installations.
For example, this Duck sign below by artist Hitoko Okada. I probably walked by this a few times, a little befuddled and confused, before realizing it was an art piece. But once I saw this sign, I started noticing a lot of other intriguing signs by other artists all over the downtown core.
Duck, by Hitoko Okada
untitled, by Jean-Denis Boudreau
Detour, by Carole Deveau
The Road Sign Project is an outdoor art project presented by Centre3, Hamilton, ON, in partnership with Atelier Imago in Moncton, NB. Signs by sixteen artists, posted in various Hamilton locations (and in Centre3′s storefront gallery), offer directions on matters such as contemporary art, science, psychology, politics, romance, and the pathos of post-industrial urban existence. Viewers are invited to join the artists for a guided tour (May 11) and picnic, participate in a t-shirt contest, and contribute observations on the signs and the signified for an upcoming publication.
The Road Sign Project will run until October 19th. For more information about the project and location of artist’s signs click here.
Alas, I did make it out to Supercrawl, and I did not end up having a Supercrawl baby. The baby has yet to arrive, but yet another Supercrawl has come and gone. I missed Supercrawl last year so I was happy that over the weekend I was feeling pretty good and energetic enough to walk on down to James Street and check out how things have grown and progressed since the last Supercrawl I went to two years ago.
Here are some of the photos I took as I walked down James.
"Ghost Barn" John Haney & Carey Jernigan
En Masse Mural on the Sonic Unyon & Dr. Disc building. Local artist contributions from Jamie Lawson, Jacqui Oakley, Manny Trinh, Backy Katz, & Kearon Roy Taylor
"Carnival Commanders", Aluminum Quilting Society
"When the Bottom Falls Out", Brandon Vickerd
"Hyperbolic Crochet Reef", mostly built by Angelune Des Lauriers, Shannon Gerard, Kalpna Patel & Becky Johnson
I just have to say that despite the line up of many fabulous musical acts my absolute favourite band of all of Supercrawl was a band I’d never heard of before named Bombino! A friend we ran into mentioned that this band from Niger would definitely be worth checking out and as we were heading home we sort of stumbled upon the start of their set. They were so worth sticking around to listen to and watch -a combo of disco, funk and West African music. Here’s a little clip of what you might’ve missed…
I’ve been noting the little subtle pieces of street art that have been popping up most recently throughout the city.
Hamilton red-brick spotted on James North
I love the classic Hamilton red-brick. We have a few Hamilton bricks in our backyard -they’ve helped in the making of our little mini back patio. When the Century theatre was torn down we managed to snag a few of them (it was literally a sea of red Hamilton bricks after the demo). Every time we walked by we’d pull a couple of bricks through the demo fence to carry home for patio making.
I’ve been especially adoring these sewing themed bits of street art. The Singer sewing machine, fabric sheers… Has anyone else seen any additional sewing related pieces on walls, perhaps a giant bobbin, button or spool of thread?
At Gore Park, James St. North & King St.
On Queen St. at Hunter. I think I spotted another pair of scissors somewhere else on James North too.
If you’d like to see the documentation of ChildisHeArt artwork stop by here.
Since Philly is so close to NYC it was worth a little jaunt over to visit some friends and check out the city.
When we got off the bus at around lunch time our number one priority was to get a Philly cheesesteak sandwich stat. We were strictly advised not to get one from any of the touristy locations, as we’d be surely disappointed AND we wanted nothing but the real deal. Directions were given to go directly to Paesano’s in the Italian market. So that’s what we did, and this is what was ordered; The Paesano -beef brisket, roasted tomato, sharp provolone, horseradish mayo, the signature fried egg all stuffed into a hot and fresh hoagie bun. A delivery of hot buns arrived as our order was being taken, so you knew everything was going to be fresh and melty good. Steve took one bite of his sandwich and nearly died right then and there -it was so damn good!
Besides the awesome sandwich, and fantastic Italian market, Philly is rampant with about a million murals that spread throughout the city. It’s actually really gorgeous, and a lot of them depict specific historical figures and events that occurred in that particular area. One of my favourites was this pixelated mural of trees in blossom coinciding perfectly with Philly’s early spring tree blossoms. You can see some of the fabulous murals of Philadelphia here -you gotta love cities that invest in community and art projects like this one: The Mural Arts Program.
We ended our afternoon in the city of brotherly love in a gorgeous 1800 Victorian themed brew house called the Farmer’s Cabinet, where deliciously unique and exquisite beers were sampled.
I definitely want to come back again to Philadelphia to spend a little more time checking out all of its history and secret dug-out spaces.
For the past month I’ve been noticing these large portraits posted on walls throughout the city. Turns out this is part of a large global street art project called Inside Out or the Inside Out Project.
INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Upload a portrait. Receive a poster. Paste it for the world to see.
John between King & Main
King William, west of John
at James north & Mulberry
King William west of John
When I was in Toronto over the weekend I saw Inside Out portraits pasted up on walls there too. Some people might not welcome this type of street art, but I like the way it interacts with passerbys and how it brings a personal story to public places. I love even more that this is a global project. You can see a map here of people all around the world who have participated in Inside Out.