Musings on art and life.
So, Toronto is a pretty cool city. It’s not known for its beauty, food, weather (for a large portion of the year), or its friendliness to the cycling community, evidenced by the many city cyclist I know. But it IS known for its art community (and its crack smoking mayor, but that’s a story for another blog), and the art community is pretty damn cool!! Take this guy for instance—Matthew Del Degan. He created the Lovebot, a superfun supersweet looking cement robot that lurks (in a friendly way) around corners, with the aim of making you smile. Lovebot is a revolution, and it’s coming to a neighbourhood near you.
I used to live in Midtown Toronto, and I once saw Lovebot placed right outside the door of Mabel’s Fables on Mount Pleasant road on a sunny Sunday afternoon when the shop was closed. Well, I laughed all the way home. Lovebot is a heavy guy. I think that if I had been the owner/shop opener of Mabel’s Fables, I would have had a hard time getting in on Monday morning. Only for the uncontrollable laughter. (**edit** I have since found out that Lovebot has been a part of Mabel’s Fables Angel program, so Lovebot’s visit was expected) Unfortunately, I did not get a picture BUT…
I’ve seen the Lovebot at school…
And I have recently moved Downtown. And I got a bike. Which means that I don’t have as long a time to digest the awesomeness that I pass, but I recently took a walk to my friend Mary‘s exhibition at SKETCH (Both TOTALLY worth clicking on, by the way!!), and came across this little LOVEBOT reminder…
I am new to biking around a city so big, but I can honestly say that every time I pass this statue (which is often), I smile. I have also received reports from others that have had the same reaction. Clearly LOVEBOT is doing its job.
I am also currently working as a co-curator on this little project called FIGMENT (full blog post to follow), and I would reeealy like to get LOVEBOT involved. I’m hoping that LOVEBOT creator Mathew Del Degan will be willing… Matthew??
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