Superheroes and Movie Stars Take Over Toronto’s Neighborhood Watch Program
By Amy Ratcliffe on June 11, 2014
The streets of Toronto are being watched over by the best of the best thanks to Andrew Lamb. The artist is altering bland neighborhood watch signs around downtown Toronto by gluing images of famous characters from comics, television, and film onto the signs. He shares photos of his handiwork on Instagram, and the account reveals he’s been making sign modifications since at least July 2012.
Lamb told CBC News he sees the additions as an improvement. “I walked by and thought those signs would be much better with a superhero up there. The first one was a splash page — a common thing in comic books, a bunch of superheros popping out at you. Then came Batman and Robin, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop, and then it snowballed.” So far he’s chosen characters such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Hulk, She-Ra, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, John McClane, and Turner & Hooch among others.
He’s tackled over three dozen signs so far and in all that time, he’s only received two complaints. He is technically vandalizing city property, but sometimes neighborhoods contact him and request an image of a character to be added. Occasionally, nearby residents even stop to talk to him and offer feedback while he’s gluing on the art. To be on the safe side, Lamb doesn’t disclose his real name in person or online.
I understand that it’s not legal, but I also like the idea and don’t think it takes away from the seriousness of the program.
Would you be okay with the neighborhood watch signs in your area undergoing a pop culture transformation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.