Everyday I finish work at 12:30 and walk to the church office where I volunteer in the afternoon's and pass the same places along my way. I walk past a garage, a gas station and a bakery, a clothing store, a car parts etc store, a Vietnamese noodle soup restaurant and a Japanese rice ball one. Then I turn the corner and walk another 4 city blocks on a busy street that makes up a large part of the inner core of the city- James street. Upon my way I pass a multitude of small artist galleries, artisan shops and jewellers, a convenience store or two, a european clothing store that has been in the same place for more than 50 years, an outdoor market, another bakery, two cafe's and a number of European men's "bar's" and sportsclubs. The street is always busy with cars and people causing all manner of traffic jam but you just never know who you'll meet or what you'll see. From car accidents to old Italian men, the possibilities for excitement are endless...
As I made my way past all of the new art crawl inspiring and participating galleries etc, I began to notice the sidewalk changing colour. Then I realised that the sidewalks and roadways had been coloured on.
Side note: During the months of April to probably November, the artisans of James street participate in an "ART CRAWL" wherein the street becomes flooded with all manner of artsy types selling and sporting and promoting their wares, and trades. Because of its popularity, the city has also approved a few days a year where part of the street will be closed to vehicles and open only to pedestrians; I.e the Super Crawl and Open streets Hamilton. James street which was beginning to look like an abandoned town after a lot of the former european shop owners closed up, but luckily the art scene in our fair city has been able to rejuvenate and inspire this city space once again. Around here now the saying (which u can easily find amid buttons and t-shirts) is "keep calm and crawl on".
Well, i marvelled in the colours and images for a spell and then luckily, I was able to take a few pictures of what I was seeing amid the usual hustle and bustle of the street. I would like to share them with you as I think they are simply wonderful. I also took a picture of the free admission downtown shuttle made from an old style HER bus which goes to the big park on the lake and back all summer..
Enjoy and comment :)