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SWING BE­TWEEN BUILD­INGS Al­ley­way be­hind Queen west of Port­land The al­ley run­ning along Queen West from Port­land has been dubbed Rush Lane. And it is a rush tak­ing in the walls cov­ered in dreamy spray-painted graf­fiti. But the ob­ject that most in­trigues the odd tourist float­ing by to ad­mire the art­work or those on Graeme Parry’s laneway tours is a lone swing on chains tucked be­hind iron bars in a nar­row space be­tween two build­ings. The bars are bent back to per­mit en­try, but only the brave dare ven­ture in – the tight con­fines and garbage piled be­neath make a ride a shoul­der-scrap­ing propo­si­tion. How did it get there? It’s the work of lo­cal artist Cor­wyn Lund, who erected the swing in 2003 as part of a group show on guer­rilla projects at YYZ Gallery. He also pro­duced a video doc­u­ment­ing how he had to make like a rock climber to in­stall the swing’s an­chor high above the al­ley floor.

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