19 December — I almost called this post “The Lawrence Underpass Art Gallery,” but decided I wanted to include some other images as well. Still, as you’ll see, none of them are nature-nature, even though the Tuesday Walking Society was once again exploring the parkland that surrounds Highland Creek.
This time we hiked the half of the great arch that lies west of Morningside Av., from Ellesmere Rd. south-west to Kingston Rd. and back north again. Creek and rapids and great looping turns; riprapping and gravel and sand; leaves and logs and moss; happy dogs and serious cyclists and life-saving equipment — you are Highland Creek veterans by now, and you’ve seen all this!
So I’m not going to show it to you all over again. I want to show you what else we saw.
This time – even though we walked 8 km in nature – this time, we also found art.
First the sculpturally quite wonderful play equipment in Morningside Park (where we left the car), and later along the trail a stormwater sewer cover and a tree stump, each endowed with human personality by some passing visitor.
But above all, the extraordinary collection of murals on the trestles that support Lawrence Av. East as it crosses the creek valley.
Remember how, on our previous Tuesday walk (“one Creek, Two Parks”), I complained about the lack of interesting street art? Remember how we compared Scarborough spray-paint artists to downtown ones, and dismissed them?
I take it all back.