In July of 2012, 60+ of Toronto’s premier graffiti, mural and street artists will liberate one of Canada’s largest graffiti walls. A highly vandalized sound barrier, located at Queen West and Dufferin alongside the Metrolinx rail tracks, has recently become targeted by Toronto’s Graffiti Bi-law.
At the request of the property developers, the community and in partnership with Metrolinx a team of local artists and community arts workers have been assembled to organize and coordinate a monumental mural that will encompass the entire wall from end to end.
This mural will incorporate artists of different urban styles, community volunteers and local arts organizations in efforts to create a historical installation that represents and preserves Toronto’s street art scene in its current state.
Producer, Director: Reginald Tiessen
Special thanks to:
Urbancorp, Metrolinx & GO Transit, City of Toronto, Parkdale Village BIA, hawkhaus, David Mandell, Tony Manocchio, Alex Gelman, Colin Rauscher, Jodi Callan, Sarah Hamel, Dr. Chris M. Drohan, José-Gabriel, Bill Emerson and all the artists who contributed their time and talent.
Who is Bozo Texino? chronicles the search for the source of a ubiquitous and mythic rail graffiti– a simple sketch of a character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, “Bozo Texino”– a drawing seen on railcars for over 80 years. Daniel’s gritty black and white film uncovers a secret society and it’s underground universe of hobo and railworker graffiti. During his quest he discovered the roots of a folkloric tradition that has gone mostly unnoticed for a century. Taking inspiration from Beat artists Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac, the film functions as both a sub-cultural documentary and a stylized fable on wanderlust and outsider identity.
WBL IS HAPPY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SCREEN THIS FILM AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL BOOTLEG FILM FESTIVAL