One of my favourite things about the strip of Queen West between University and Spadina, not too far from Spacing’s office, is the graffiti tree at Queen and Peter near the vendor stands. Over the years, it has become a local landmark as street artists have repainted it numerous times. Others have attached such things as picture frames, action figures, and manifestos.
Sadly, today we witnessed that the tree had been seriously damaged. City staff are still considering what to do with it. Forestry will first have to determine the damage and assess the next step (likely to be taken away and chipped). It looks like a vehicle has knocked it over but we have yet to confirm this with police or city hall staff.
This is the second Toronto graffiti tree in a year to have met its maker: the famed technicolour tree and howling wolf were removed from Trinity Bellwoods Park in July 2007 when the base of the tree showed signs it might fall over due to rot.
The question I put to Spacing readers: Should there be some kind of installation in its place to continue the tradition of graffiti reinterpretation? Or, just plant another tree?
See more photos after the jump or on Spacing’s Flickr account.
small photos by David Pritchard, all other photos by Yvonne Bambrick