Almonte / Carleton Place / Kingston / Perth / Smiths Falls

Beautification By Brushstrokes

Smart towns and cities encourage beautifying of downtown walls and windows by local creatives. Walls become canvases awaiting a brush, an artist and surprising iterations. They are a delight to the eyes, covering up weather-worn, ignored and dull surfaces.

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Canvas on Gore Street, Perth, depicts quilting tradition.

In Perth, a plain brick wall on the ‘main drag’ is covered-over with a touching painting commemorating early settlers, women quilting for a bride-to-be.

Amazing graffiti at Doug Fluhrer Park, Kingston, just East of Downtown on water’s edge. This 3-D graffiti is thinking out of the one dimensional box.

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Legal practice in Smith Falls features stunning, realistic faux wall.

In Smith Falls, a legal firm delights the eye with a trompe l’oeil: a man on scaffolding renovating faux bricks, windows and walls. A front door also fools the eye with a faux view of the door ajar and interiors. It is humorous and delightful. It is The Wedge’s top pick for this excursion–a must see.

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Carleton Place’s extraordinary Trompe l’oeil wall art , “Last Train to Carleton Place”

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Carleton Place’s historic air battle large painting is visible to everyone exiting downtown.

Carleton Place enjoys at least two exceptional walls. One wall is a trompe l’oeil; a locomotive seems to be crossing under an overpass, bursting through the wall. It is merely the Rideau Cleaners’ building.

An other wall in the North end displays a beautiful work featuring an historic air battle.

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Almonte features a few canvases in a downtown covered walkway.

Almonte had a few canvases on walkway walls and the post office. These two panels depict historic personages. The town centre is not lacking in beauty, buttressed by rapids at one end and a dramatic hill at the other.

Streetscapes, as they are otherwise named, are a good solution and under-utilized in downtown sectors; they cover-up stores that have closed or spaces that are barren. “They just gussy-up the place,” we Wedgees witness today.