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The Walls of El Camino

August 9th, 2013

Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
I went to a big expensive university to study art for four years. I’ve traveled to Italy and marveled at the work of the great masters. I’ve gone out of my way to tip-toe through all the fancy art museums and galleries in New York and Toronto.

Earlier in the week I rode my bike down Rochester’s El Camino Trail. I’m not sure why, but art has never taken my breath away quite like this…

Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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A trash can with a message along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Not part of Wall\Therapy. Just a trash can along the way.

Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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Art from the Wall Therapy project along Rochester's El Camino Trail. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
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If you’ve only seen the Wall\Therapy external link murals in photographs, I’m begging you, go out there and see them for real.

BTW, do you have photos of other murals around Rochester? Post your links in the comments below.

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7 Responses to “The Walls of El Camino”

  1. Rachel says:

    I feel old and conservative saying this…but I really dislike the punching one by Connor Harrington. It’s beautifully done but I’m not sure how images of violence do good for the Rochester community.

  2. @Rachel, I tried to include links to more information about each artist because to understand the individual pieces, you really need to understand the artist and their full body of work. For info on Conor Harrington—where he’s from and how his work has evolved—I’d recommend reading this article…
    http://www.lazinc.com/artist/conor-harrington

    I think it’s ok that you feel “old and conservative.” That’s sort of the point of art; to make us feel something.

    This one definitely made me feel a little uncomfortable. Uneasy. Especially while I was standing out there in an empty industrial lot in the heart of our inner city staring up at it. It’s enormous. It feels like it could explode right off of that wall and crush me. And it’s setting adds to the drama. That’s what I love about it.

    Does the image help or harm the Rochester community? I’m not sure. But it certainly gets us to think. And to talk about where we’re all coming from.

  3. ELF says:

    Is it safe to bike on the El Camino trail by yourself? I don’t mean to be one of Those People (I’m used to Plymouth-Exchange) but I’m unfamiliar with the area and I know it’s not one of Rochester’s best.

  4. @ELF, I understand the question. I believe it’s as safe as PLEX and I’ll go one step further and say it’s as safe as biking down any part of the Riverway Trail or Erie Canal Trail during the day. I’m a 30 something male from Queens NY, so my perception of “safe” might be different than others… just don’t look like a tourist and you’ll be fine :-)

    But I would recommend taking a friend anyway. The experience will be better if you share it.

  5. John says:

    Since you’re kind of in their neighborhood, keep an eye out for Truck 6. The guys who work there contracted a graffiti artist to paint the ladder signs on the side of the truck. I forgot the guy’s name, but know he’s pretty well known in the Northeast, if not the entire city. Guess you can call it mobile wall therapy.

  6. Daggar says:

    The full name of this trail is the “The El Camino: Butterhole-Seneca Park Trail.” (http://www.cityofrochester.gov/elcamino/) I know what Seneca Park is. Does anyone know what local geography is called Butterhole?

  7. @Dagger, excellent question! I don’t know why I have never researched that one (probably because I was too busy laughing like a 12 year old). But here’s what I found out…

    The trail starts in a neighborhood that was founded by German immigrants. Today this would be the Upper Falls Neighborhood. These early settlers built a brewery by the High Falls and established dairy farms that gave the area to the north the name “Butterhole.”

    Of course today we have a very large Hispanic community here, hence the El Camino (the path, road, etc.)


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