It’ll be gone soon enough, so if you want to see Kensington Market’s latest whimsical thing, head to the alley behind 6 Nassau St., just off Spadina. There, you’ll find what must be Toronto’s longest bike lane—painted to the wall last Saturday, March 17 by Toronto’s Urban Repair Squad and Mexico City’s Camina, Haz Ciudad. “It’s a stab at the current state of cycling policy and the politics that are being played with our safety as cyclists,” says Martin Reis, the Urban Repair Squad’s longtime spokesperson. “People who saw the mural seem to get it just fine.”
The piece, dubbed “The Wile E. Ford Bike Lane” for reasons you can probably ascertain, is only the latest work to go up on 6 Nassau, and it won’t be the last: as part of Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette’s NOW exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the two have been inviting fellow Toronto street artists to paint, one after another, on top of the same wall. Fourteen different artists or groups have taken them up on it since December 18, 2011, and the bike lane will be buried beneath a field of white paint as early as Wednesday, ready for the 15th work of art.
As part of NOW, Martindale and Paquette are leading a street-art tour of Toronto, called Tagging Along, this Saturday.