Toronto Artist Turns Abandoned Bike Into Sculpture, City Threatens Fine for “storing bike on public property”

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Abandoned bicycle in Toronto turned into art
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A Toronto artist repainted an abandoned bike that had been locked in front of a storefront gallery for years, sanding it and spraypainting it eyepopping pink and adding a flower-basket. This eyesore-to-sculpture transition was well-loved in the neighbourhood, but the City of Toronto decided that the act of decorating the bike has converted it from abandoned trash to “a bike stored on public property” and is now threatening fines if someone doesn’t angle-grind the lock off and haul the bike away.

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