Guerrilla Gardening

September 15th, 2009


We just spotted this fresh installation on Harbord Street. Not sure if it has anything to do with the new little gallery opening down the way, or some random OCAD student doing an assignment for their Installation class, or just a random act of niceness. This building miffs me because for as long as I’ve been living around here (10 years off and on), this wide, one-storey building has been borded up and accumulating layer upon layer of advertisements and posters.


Cutting into what must be at least a thousand layers of paper, the guerrilla artists made a perfect little pocket for some greenery. Evidence of what was probably a nighttime adventure, is left on the concrete below.


This cute little heart shaped pocket was the first thing I noticed.


There’s even a little birdhouse!


A side view…


It’s pretty subtle but it does brighten up this anomaly along an otherwise tidy Victorian strip.

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  1. Jacques

    15 Sep 09 at 5:12 pm

  2. When I lived in that area almost 20 years ago (egad!), that building was home to a really great comic book store in the vein of Silver Snail. I think there may have been a fire at some point and for some reason the building was never torn down. It’s pretty prime real estate, so I’m at a loss as to why it has sat derelict for so many years. Anyway, kudos to the guerilla gardeners. I’d love to see if the plants really take hold!


    16 Sep 09 at 7:10 am

  3. I spotted that the other night too, it made me smile. I am glad something like that is being done to that ridiculous wall. That layer of posters is so thick!


    16 Sep 09 at 10:44 am

  4. The project is part of

    One of the guys, Sean Martindale was (not sure if he still is) a grad student at OCAD.

    I saw this project featured on :


    16 Sep 09 at 12:00 pm

  5. Wow thanks so much for the info guys!

    John & Juli

    16 Sep 09 at 1:30 pm

  6. I once saw them working on the posters on the corner of College and Augusta. It was very nice and I love how it perked up that corner.

    Of course I went back the next day and all the plants were ripped out and replaced with The Ugly Truth posters. Seriously repulsive.


    17 Sep 09 at 9:52 pm

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