Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Here It Is!

This wonderful sign/mural can be found on the side wall of the Cameron House, a small hotel/bar/community centre on Queen St W which has been a haven for artists and musicians since the 1980s, although it has been open since the 1920s. The sign was painted by Tom Dean, in 2010, who had lived at the Cameron in the early 80s and remembers sitting, drinking a beer, and watching the sun shine through the window one afternoon and thinking "This is Paradise". He had that phrase painted on the wall of his room and when the owners needed someone to paint a new mural, he got the job!
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click here for more signs.

21 comments:

Birdman said...

Beware always---
Sometimes Hell can be lurking nearby.

llandudnopictures said...

Perfect man for the job, great story!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's always good to know the motivation behind murals and signs..nice investigation work Watson..um I mean Pat :)

Karen said...

Everyone's idea of paradise is different! It sure brightens up the old building!

TexWisGirl said...

clever!

Sharon said...

What a great story!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Wow - who knew Paradise was so close. Love how he flipped it on the other side.

LĂșcia said...

Wow, that's very cool, the story behind it made me smile! :)

Andy said...

Another scene of colourful Toronto. Keep on clicking and don't stop.

Gerald (SK14) said...

I love the upside down message

Lowell said...

Fascinating, even though it doesn't look like my idea of paradise. I mean, c'mon, where are the palm trees and the blue-green sea, and the frozen margaritas? :)

William Kendall said...

Hmmmm.... I find myself wondering what inspired him to flipside it like that on the other side...

Pat said...

Nice story! I love the colors and the saying!

Jack said...

It is a fine thought. "This is Paradise." We all interpret Paradise in our own ways. What is your idea of Paradise, RedPat?

sometimesthatsallyouget said...

Great story! I'd love to see the inside.

~Lindy

Randy said...

I love it!

Hilda said...

Love the story! My idea of paradise, however, is more like Lowell's. :)

Michael Rowland said...

It's not hard to see paradise when the sun is shining and you feel the heat on your skin and the breeze plays with you, I love the colours on this mural, thanks,,,M

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmmm. Not my idea of paradise, but to each his own, as the saying goes.

altadenahiker said...

I'm pretty sure you out-cool us.

Linda said...

Incongruous but fun!