Toasters 'warming up' for a two-evening session of paintbrush and spray-can divinity seemed something Marcel Duchamp would wholeheartedly have approved of. Maybe Henri Matisse also.
A month-or-so emailing back and forth, with 'Toaster A' and 'Toaster B', had facilitated this altruistic event. Much like Shepard Fairey the year previously, when bona fide street artists donate their time, for free, to the benefit of your community, one can observe the truly friendly and charitable power unique to street art. Such benevolent behaviour was also extended by the owners of Cafeteria, who TAG applaud for their open-minded attitude, and permission to paint.
And so it was, as the first brush strokes were applied to lowered shutters, Turnpike Lane could stand alongside New York, LA, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin, and Stockholm as locations endowed with a humble, yet classic, kitchen appliance; elevated as a recognised icon to the counter-culture - The Toaster.
Fastidiously re-applying, and reinventing variations on this very focussed theme, Toaster A, Toaster B and Toaster D have been building a magnum opus of street works, since 1999. Before the term Street Art had even been truly coined, their cleverly displaced device was popping up across the UK. In time, their two-slot muse would inspire a generation.
Embedding this unique artwork within N15, TAG were briefly permitted honorary status as Toaster T - as, with fading light, we pitched-in with brush and stencil-steadying. Every passing word from those returning from a days work was a positive one. Which ultimately is why we do this - to make the every day journey a lighter one. And you don't get more every day than a toaster!
TAG would like to thank Toaster A & B for their hard work; Monika & Monika at Cafeteria for their understanding; Community First for allowing us to purchase art supplies.