BEST LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTION YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
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.