August 2021 - Toronto ON
Lane — A narrow road, often in a rural area. The City of Toronto has numerous rear and back lanes that are not legal streets.
White populations of eastern grey squirrels have cropped up here and there across North America, with some towns celebrating their rare animals and making them into tourist attractions.
On one fateful evening in August 2014, a white squirrel was spotted dangling by its teeth from a power line near Trinity Bellwoods Park, tiny paws stiffly outstretched.
A photo began circulating on social media leading many to believe that the legend of the white squirrel had ended in tragedy. We now know that there are more white squirrels in the city, but every time one is spotted (dead or alive) it’s a momentous event.
The special creature is a motif in Trinity Bellwoods' lore, so much so that the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Therapeutic Art Program commissioned a six-foot-tall sculpture of a white squirrel in the new TD Commons at Ossington and Queen.
This mural appears to pay homage to the Queen and quite possibly the famous white squirrel who lived at Trinity Bellwoods Park, directly in the direction of where his colourful laser vision is pointed. It is on the side of the Queen West Animal Hospital painted by Electric Coffin.