Art in the Open


written by Cassandra Metcalfe


And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,

Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

sermons in stone, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare



‘B-Boy Fett’ in the Alley

Artist: @wrkless


Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

— Karl Marx




‘The Drop’

Artist: Inge Sidee


img_0566Finding art in the open, with eyes wide open, that is the goal. I used to walk around with my nose in a book, or on my phone, focused only on the immediate now of whatever mundane errand had me on the road. But then, one day I saw an elephant on a bus window, the next a little note written on the bathroom wall, cleverly refuting the angst of a previous grapher. And I discovered discovery. It is the repeated tiny joys of aesthetic inspiration that have often shifted the course of my day, my mood. Uplifting, inspired, these brief moments of art that drift across one’s daily life are worth paying attention to. From stencilled robots on bathroom walls (Hastings Warehouse) to grandiose statues on sidewalks or walkways, art is everywhere. That is what this piece is about.



Scribe Unknown




From a power box by Pilfer just off of Commercial drive, to a chalked-on sidewalk offering words of wisdom, art is everywhere. Art in the Open is as much about the journey as it is about the joy of discovery. Once you begin to see the beauty hidden in the world, it becomes easier and easier to find it. The wandering that led to the works on display in this piece is a wandering that demands company. And so, I invite you all to join me, see what you recognize, what you don’t and do some discovering of your own. A series of 8 videos, this piece is designed to take you, reader, on a little wander with me, discovering…


Art in the Open


*Art in the Open is now open to year round submissions. Click HERE for more information and for submission guidelines*


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All images and video in this piece were taken with an iPhone 5S by Cassandra Metcalfe.