Transformation of the Monarch Park tunnel

I walk my son to school every morning, through Monarch Park in Toronto. We walk through a tunnel that leads to the Rail Garden, a beautiful community garden. For years, the tunnel had been pretty dark and dank, not something you’d want to walk through at night, even though it’s a short walk.

A couple of years ago the City redid the lighting and painted the tunnel. Much better lighting. But, graffiti was always a problem. And, the City did something odd. They painted over the graffiti with slightly different shade of paint than they used originally. And they kept using slightly different shades almost every time. So, eventually, the tunnel became a ridiculous patchwork of slightly different shades.

On the North side of the tunnel was a great mural, painted years ago, so at least there was that to look at. And, for some reason, it was never attacked by graffiti. Not a blank canvass for graffiti artists, I suppose. Here’s what it looked like:

2014-10-08 08.35.03Then, one day recently, I heard that a mural was going to be painted at the tunnel. I assumed it would be on the other side of the opening, near the Rail Garden, since they had recently completely redone the garden. But, then we came upon this:

Strangely, they had painted over the original mural.

We did get to see the artist doing his awesome work.

The other side of the tunnel near the Rail Garden was getting the treatment, but so was the entire tunnel. Here’s what it looked like in some progress, and now, finished. Very creative:

I have to admit, I’m not sure why they decided to paint over the original mural. It was great and it would have been nice if they could have incorporated it into the new mural. But, overall, it’s a great scene to walk through each day.

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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