Opinion: When The Homeless Become The Art

In the big city homeless people are looked down on, the making of a haven, a tent city is not allowed. The art of the street, graffiti is a crime. So how does it become art and tasteful?

Put it in a museum where people pay to see what is now considered beauty when a moment ago it was thought of as trash.

KJ Mullins
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At the Royal Ontario Museum there is a special exhibit going on until July 5, 2009 called Housepaint Phase 2: Shelter. It’s a collaboration between 10 street artists to draw attention to the unseen; the poor and the homeless.

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The artists remember the former residents of Tent City, a home for about 100 people on the south end of Toronto. They were evicted from the land back in 2002. The land was owned by Home Depot. At the time Jack Layton told the CBC:

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“As we’ve been pointing out for years, we need some affordable housing built,” said Layton. “At least at Tent City they’d built themselves a warm place for the winter.

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“Now some of them will likely end up in the streets.”

The homeless still line the streets of downtown Toronto. They are still invisible.

The street artists still decorate the walls of the city. It is illegal.

special permission from photographer Jeff Wyonch
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Now inside the walls of the ROM it is art.

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Housepaint at the ROM this is art
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This is their art. This is our city. They exist. They are a part of our canvas. Let the art speak their words.

The following are pictures from KJ Mullins and photographer Jeff Wyonch who gave me permission to post his work. His pictures are of graffiti which is illegal. My pictures are art, because they are in a museum. The street is our canvas. In more ways than meets the eye.

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special permission from photographer Jeff Wyonch
Street art.
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special permission from photographer Jeff Wyonch
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Housepaint at the ROM the door is locked, you can look through the peephole though to see the names of the homeless that have passed away
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