Lovebot: Concrete Reminder to be Human




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I was very happy to see a Lovebot arrive right down the street from me.

You can read about the project and the artist at the Lovebot site, but essentially it is a city art project with a social conscience at its heart (pun intended).

The little concrete bots with red hearts have appeared in Toronto over the last few years and while I’d read lots about them when they initially launched I hadn’t seen one in the “concrete” so-to-speak.

The project was initiated to encourage Torontonians to reflect on their surroundings and become thankful for the small, good deeds that constantly go unnoticed.

Lovebot’s mission is to raise awareness of and reinforce the idea that we are all part of a community, and in turn, spread love and compassion to our neighbours, friends, family, co-workers, and fellow citizens.

Most visitors and Torontonians themselves find this city pretty friendly, but like any large urban centre it can appear on the surface as isolating and lonely at times.

Especially so in the struggling gay neighborhood, I’ve been a resident of for over a year now.

While we’ve seen a number of important gay landmarks in Toronto, close-up shop over the past year, there’s a growing anticipation for World Pride 2014 being hosted here in June.

Nevertheless, I can’t help feeling gay, lesbian and trans people in Toronto have become far too sedentary with not only changes in this historic gay area, but across the city when gay people, spaces and events are under renewed criticism and suffering from internal divisiveness.

With a homophobic mayor retaining his seat on city council and suggesting arts and culture should be de-funded and growing opposition to our first lesbian Premier, who has been trying to raise diversity awareness, Torontonians seem to becoming less-and-less the open and accepting as people we once were.

Lovebot reiterates the fact that we have the privilege of being human, where we are not restricted to programming; many of us work like robots in this technologically driven concrete jungle.

However, humans are not robots and they have the capacity to share love and kindness with one another.

At the very least, seeing the Lovebot appear on Toronto’s gay Church Street put a smile on my face and made me feel like my small neighbourhood was just a bit more friendly and welcoming as a result of its arrival.

By placing something meaningful and unique in people’s paths, Lovebot creates a novel, uplifting experience for Torontonians.

Lovebot wants to disrupt people’s daily routines and remind them that there is magic in this city and love around every corner, aiming to illuminate the love that exists within Toronto and inspire more.

Toronto’s unique strength has always been diversity and its ability to build consensus.

We all need a bit of kindness to disrupt our day, remind us we’re a community and we’re a special community about to host a very special event in World Pride 2014.

In what is a growing atmosphere of divisiveness and isolation in Toronto’s gay community, its nice to see in this historically gay centre, there is now a reminder we ought to be more kind and gentle with each other.

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A long time native of Toronto, Canada, UrbanGuyTO (SpandexGear) was invited by turnipHed to begin blogging about their mutual interest in LGBT issues, men’s underwear and swimwear! Loud, often opinionated you’ll always find UrbanGuyTO ready to engage in a friendly and open, non-judgemental discussion about any fetish, kink and sex-positive topic of interest to the LGBT community.

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