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This article was published 28/3/2011 (3300 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
SHOES strung up on a wire. Dozens and dozens of them, some painted in electric orange, blue, and green.
It's an unusual statement if you look up on one of the toniest stretches of road in Winnipeg, on Wellington Crescent east of the St. James Street bridges. There, about 60 or 70 shoes dangle over a wire in about 10 clumps, where residents say they've hung for years.
"Originally, they had spray-painted them all the fluorescent colours, which have faded," said Marion Dawson, a Wellington Crescent resident for the past 16 years.
She estimates the huge pack of shoes has been there for about three years and said it might be time to remove what began "almost like" a piece of art.
"Naturally just through time and age, they're deteriorating, so now it's like they're starting to look like, 'What the heck is going on with that mess?' " Dawson said.
"Could we put the notice out there, whoever did it, can we refresh them?"
The clumps of shoes have also sprung rebel off-shoots, including one brown pair tossed up into a nearby tree and two pairs caught on a street sign.
One urban legend has it that running shoes strung over a wire can mean drugs are for sale nearby.
However, the only people in the area one recent sunny afternoon were two lean male joggers and children playing in a nearby park.
In this case, due to the volume of shoes and the fact some have been painted, it appears they're an art project.
The artist or artists, however, remain anonymous and the origin of the project is unknown.
One heeled shoe with carefully lettered black writing and orange paint reads: "Please return to Bernice 'Bun' Kayser a.k.a. Gran."
Lisa Boudrie, another neighbourhood resident, said a young woman who put them up once asked to park in her driveway.
Boudrie and her five-year-old daughter Ava climbed up onto the edge of the wooden Oak Point rail bridge with a Free Press reporter and photographer.
Boudrie said she believes the shoes might symbolize the number of runners who make their way down Wellington for events such as the Manitoba Marathon.
"I guess in the end everyone has (their) own interpretation of art, what I may perceive to be old and tired shoes on a wire, brings a smile to my daughter's face," Boudrie said.
"In the end, is that not what art is all about?"