Your Art is Garbage / by dumitru dabija

Today, Montreal's City Hall dismantled one beautiful ruelle in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal.

It was one of the little side streets that leads nowhere in particular with no commerce entries or garages. One of my friends introduced me to it a couple of weeks ago, I snapped some pictures of the place and planed to return for a photo shoot. Too late for that.

In this ruelle the local residents started depositing various objects since 2005; there was a table, a sink, an upright piano, vases with flowers, a puppet nailed to a wall and a dog in a tree. In a weird way, it all belonged there. I don't know what was happening to all the objects during winter time but during the summer the  ruelle was bursting with colour.

Hard to say what's art and what's garbage when it comes to things left unattended in public space. It seems that there was no permit for the residents to have that stuff laying there so, 10 years later, enough was enough and it was all dismantled and carried away. 

These are some of the photographs I've taken of the place.