Sit’n Chill Upgrade
Last night an amazing thing happened. A bench which had been created by a community art collective and then subsequently crumbled under the seasons of a northern city was rebooted into a bigger and better incarnation. True Edmonton style. We had the privilege of being able to ride up and give the creators the experience of witnessing pure elation at the site of their creation. Yesterday we posted pictures of what we thought would be the last form of the Sit’nChill bench, broken and tagged up. Just hours before we passed the original sit’n chill and remarked at how it had lived a long time, as an unsanctioned installation, but its time had likely come. Crossing 109 st to see a bench that fits in so well with surroundings, that we had to assure ourselves our first impressions we were not false, was an amazing experience. An event like that reassures your faith in a place and the people you share it with. This is the underlying spirit of the original “Make Something Edmonton” ethic that has permeated this city for a long time, the unsanctioned, unaccredited, selfless and fun. As one of the creators put it this is “Fine Graffiti”, unsanctioned, and thus perhaps illegal, but refined to have a purpose and distinctive character which can be appreciated on many levels. This is just a glimpse of the possibilities that can be produced through an accountable street art and graffiti culture if we seek to open up our streets to artistic and other interventions. Thank you so much to the creators for taking the time, and the risks, to give something beautiful back to this city. Stay Rad Edmonton!
It still needs a new “sit ‘n chill” sign though.