Ottawa is a pretty straight-laced kind of city. I’ve been here many times for weekend getaways, the tulip festival is beautiful and the Blues Festival is a lot of fun. But things don’t get too crazy here and the city shuts down quite early.
While in Chinatown I saw this street art and besides wondering wtf is a horse, fish, geriatric turtle and t-rex doing together? I also wondered if conservative Ottawa was home to any street art given there were so many art galleries here?
The answer is yes and no.
In general street art is illegal except for sanctioned projects, one of them being the Tech Wall located on school board property just a few blocks outside the downtown core. It’s an old fenced in basketball country that seemed to be popular with dog owners.
There is a sign indicating graffiti is legal here, as long as it’s painted in the daylight. There are some really beautiful pieces that makes me wonder why they don’t have more organized projects because there is clearly some talent in the city.