A quick update on the sidewalk carving destroyed by City staff on Wednesday. James from Broken Pencil who originally tipped us off, says “I watched, at 9:30 this morning, as one City worker took out some sort of concrete grinder and proceeded to rip up the entire carved image. A huge cloud of dust was shot everywhere. All that remains now is a bunch of ugly scrape marks — the carving is completely, I repeat, completely gone.”
It certainly is a shame this happened. The etchings are one of those things that stop you in your tracks — its so small, yet so very personal, in such a public and high-traffic part of town. And once you know the story behind the artist Tatoo [ see post below, with comments] it takes on an even more unique meaning.
I will also add something obvious, but still worthy of noting: the thousands of blogs and photoblogs in this city highlight some of the wonderful minutia of Toronto, which in turn makes us feel a little more intimate and comfortable with our surroundings. The fact that so many people even care about such a small detail of our city is a perfect example of how emerging technology can enable positive community building.
UPDATE: City staff are saying that the carving was a “trip hazard.” The church where the carving is located near had been complaining about it for quite a while. Look for a piece on the carving in Friday’s newspapers.