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Chalk for Jack Layton - Cloud Painting #22

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Uploaded on Aug 28, 2011

An ambient video piece for Jack Layton.

Jack was a Canadian politician who served as a Toronto City Councillor and later as leader of the Federal NDP party, which he led to their greatest number of seats, becoming leader of the Official Opposition in May 2011. That sentence says nothing about his commitment as a tireless community activist and inspiration for positive change. Please follow the footnote links at the bottom for a more complete picture of his life.

Jack passed away last week from cancer and many hundreds of people left personal messages in chalk on the walls and sidewalks outside of Toronto City Hall. I visited to read the messages and found them thoughtful, emotional and inspirational. I was moved to photograph many of these messages before they were washed away in the rain and to make this film - a personal statement in art for Jack and an attempt to see the future with less cynicism and more optimism.

Whether or not you knew or knew of Jack Layton, I hope you feel the piece.
Scott M2 - August 28, 2011


Footnotes:

Music - "Deeper" by dreamSTATE http://www.dreamSTATE.to

Photography & film - Scott M2 http://www.ScottM2.com

Jack's last letter - http://www.nowtoronto.com/_assets/dai...

His eulogy - http://www.blogto.com/news_flash/2011...

A newspaper piece by a friend - http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story....

The overview - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Layton

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