#HeartTree

Late last night, a band of happy vandals made their way down College St., in downtown Toronto…

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Almost 300 small felt hearts were hung on trees, from Euclid Ave. to Bathurst., in celebration of St. Valentine’s day

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The light fluffy snowfall the next morning made them feel extra magical…

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(The signs read: “Valentine’s Day needn’t be only for lovers – reclaim the day!  Take a heart and show your appreciation for friends, co-workers, transit operators, baristas, the person who delivers those big water bottles for your office’s cooler… anyone and everyone who brightens your day!  Who do you appreciate? #hearttree“)

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The hope was that they could serve as a reminder that February 14th is all about love – not just romantic love, but all kinds of love for all kinds of people!

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There were a few smaller trees on College east of Bathurst…

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…and one big tree on the north-west corner of Bathurst and College must have had at least 50 hearts…

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It was really lovely to witness so many people interacting with the display (that was the point, after all!)

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(these kids were so funny; one of the guys took one, and his friends chastised him until he pointed out that the sign said to take them…)

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(…and then they each grabbed their own!)

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It honestly made my day to see people take interest in this odd little installation…

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…and I hope it made theirs too!

UPDATE:

Sadly, the hearts that were sent to Ottawa and Kingston did not make it in time, but they did make it as far as Whitby, where my terrific, wonderful friends Bri and Stephen put together a few installations for our friends to the east!

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