Friday, November 18, 2011

SUBWAY ENCHANTMENT

OK!!!!!
Another new painting.
It is similar to the last 2....read about those awesome paintings HERE and HERE
Here you go.......


This time, I decided to take my inspiration from the TTC subway system.
The poster part is inspired by this photo of the The Bloor Viaduct  in Toronto, ON.
(officially it is called the Prince Edward Viaduct) here is the wiki-description:


The viaduct connects Bloor Street East to Danforth Avenue on the east and spans the Don River Valley, crossing over (from west to east) the Bayview Avenue Extension, the Don River, and the Don Valley Parkway
The roadway has five lanes (three eastbound and two westbound) with a bike lane in each direction. The subway level connects Broadview Station in the east with Castle Frank Station to the west. 


NOT SO Fun fact about the viaduct.......


With nearly 500 suicides by 2003, the Viaduct ranked as the second most fatal standing structure in the world, after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. At its peak in 1997, the suicide rate averaged one person every 22 days. This prompted the construction of a suicide barrier in 2003 called the Luminous Veil.


The poster kinda pokes fun at the fact that "the views" that can "only be seen by Subway".....as you may know - this is one of the few places that has ANY view from the underground subway system. And it is kinda terrible that the sight you see is also a 'suicide bridge'. 


YOU MUST read this VERY COOL article about the building of bridge. 
(Don't worry - there are lots of pictures with it!!)
http://www.blogto.com/city/2011/09/the_birth_of_the_bloor_viaduct/
Ok...back to my painting......again, I tried to make it look like an old travel poster.
The background this time is tile from Castle Frank Station:


The quote "Distance lends enchantment to the view." is from Mark Twain.
I think it works well on this piece!!
So there ya go!!
Another piece ready for The Artist Project 2012!

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