Montreal Mural Festival 2014 – Part 2

Continuing with my roundup of the Montreal Mural Festival 2014 that was held last month, I have more shots of some of the great murals that can be found on boulevard Saint-Laurent and adjacent streets.

If you missed by previous post, you can check out some of the other murals here – Montreal Mural Festival 2014 Part 1

Kashink

The walls around the car park on the east side of Saint-Laurent blvd have all been given a make-over with new murals by; Kashink, Cyrcle, Alexis Diaz, Miss Me and (covered in part 1) 123 Klan.

The mural by Kashink is in her recognizable style of a four eyed colourful character.

Mural by Kashink

Mural by Kashink
ISO 100 – 17mm – f5.6 – 1/800 sec

Kashink mural

Kashink mural
ISO 100 – 70mm – f10 – 1/500 sec

 

Reflection of the Mural by Kashink

Reflection of the Mural by Kashink
ISO 100 – 95mm – f10 – 1/125 sec

Cyrcle

Next to Kashink is the work from the USA duo Cyrcle.

Mural by Cyrcle

Mural by Cyrcle
ISO 100 – 20mm – f5.6 – 1/1000 sec

 

Murals by Cyrcle and Kashink

Murals by Cyrcle and Kashink
ISO 100 – 13mm – f5.6 – 1/1000 sec

 

Alexis Diaz

Opposite Kashink is a highly detailed mural by the Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz. Unfortunately I’ve yet to visit with my camera when there have been no cars parked in front.

Mural by Alexis Diaz

Mural by Alexis Diaz
ISO 100 – 35mm – f8 – 1/400 sec

 

Mural by Alexis Diaz

Mural by Alexis Diaz
ISO 100 – 25mm – f8 – 1/400 sec

Miss Me

Just round the corner from Alex Diaz is the work of female artist Miss Me. Again a car parked in front made it hard to get a good angle to shoot the mural when I visited, but on this occasion there was at least a car that complemented the colour of Miss Me’s mural.

Mural by Miss Me

Mural by Miss Me
ISO 100 – 14mm – f8 – 1/200 sec

 

Vilx

Further up The Main on the right hand side (below avenue des Pines) is the mural by Vilx. This was one of the few artists that I actually managed to catch working on their piece.

VILX working on his mural

VILX working on his mural
ISO 200 – 300mm – f5.6 – 1/500 sec

 

The completed VILX mural

The completed VILX mural
ISO 100 – 14mm – f6.3 – 1/400 sec

 

Zema

On rue Clark (north of Rachel) is the mural by Zema. Her mural of a rat is in keeping with her ‘self-described’ style of “pop-surrealist, low-brow-trash-cartoon”.

Zema mural

Zema mural
ISO 100 – 12mm – f4.5 – 1/320 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

Zema mural

Zema mural
ISO 100 – 10mm – f4 – 1/1250 sec

Kevin Ledo

Further south on Clark is the mural by Kevin Ledo.

Mural by Kevin Ledo

Mural by Kevin Ledo
ISO 100 – 11.5mm- f5.6 – 1/100 sec

Zoltan

The wonderful ‘Le Futur est Ici !’ mural by Zoltan can be found on the corner of rue Saint Urbain and rue Guilbault…

 

Mural by Zoltan

Mural by Zoltan
ISO 100 – 17mm – f5.6 – 1/200 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

Le Futur est ici mural by Zoltan

Le Futur est ici mural by Zoltan
ISO 100 – 35mm – f1.8 – 1/250 sec

Bryan Beyung

One of the many local artists represented at the festival, Bryan Beyung’s mural of a bullfighter and bull is on the north side of rue Marie-Anne next to the Parc du Portugal.

Bryan Beyung working on his mural

Bryan Beyung working on his mural
ISO 100 – 20mm – f5.6 – 1/640 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

Mural by Bryan Beyung

Mural by Bryan Beyung
ISO 100 – 10mm – f7.1 – 1/100 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

Mural by Bryan Beyung

Mural by Bryan Beyung
ISO 200 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/125 sec

Every time I visited Bryan’s mural to photograph it (like many of the others) there were cars parked in front making it tough to get a shot of the complete masterpiece. I decided to try a close up panorama which of course resulted in a lot of distortion (not helped by the fact I shot with a wide angle), but here’s the result anyway…

Stitched image of mural by Bryan Beyung

Stitched image of mural by Bryan Beyung
ISO 100 – 10mm – f7.1 – 1/100 sec

 

2501

South of Sherbrooke street between boulevard Saint Laurent and Saint Dominique street on the vacant land is the mural by Italian artist 2501. With strong shadows cast by the nearby trees, this was a tough wall to shoot and bring out the fine line work detail of the mural.

Mural by 2501

Mural by 2501
ISO 100 – 10mm – f8 – 1/400 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

The Mural Festival drew big crowds to The Main (particularly during the weekend when the rain was replaced by the sun). Although I didn’t get down to enjoy the many DJ’s and other happenings during the evening hours (hopefully next year !), there was lots going on during the daytime in addition to the invited mural artists doing their thing.

Big crowds enjoying the Mural Festival

Big crowds enjoying the Mural Festival
ISO 100 – 122mm – f8 – 1/160 sec

 

A number of stalls were set up in the parc du Portugal. There was a cool piece of artwork on the surrounding fence…

Montreal Mural Festival 2014

Montreal Mural Festival 2014
ISO 100 – 11.5mm – f5.6 – 1/80 sec

 

Zone Simplex at the Mural Festival

Zone Simplex at the Mural Festival
ISO 100 – 10mm – f5.6 – 1/640 sec

 

There were a few shipping containers being given a graffiti make-over on rue Vallieres .

Graffiti artist at work

Graffiti artist at work
ISO 100 – 18mm – f8 – 1/125 sec

 

Graffiti shipping containers

Graffiti shipping containers
ISO 100 – 13mm – f8 – 1/100 sec

 

Although nothing to do with the festival, I do like the art work on the delivery door of the household store Azores – the pretty girl with a colourful arm of tattoos watching the artists across the street was a nice addition.

Azores

Azores
ISO 100 – 17mm – f8 – 1/250 sec

 

The great aspect of the Mural Festival is that the art can be enjoyed long after the event has ended and helps add a little extra colour to the neighbourhood. If you visit Montreal during the next year, be sure to check out the murals along Saint Laurent Boulevard – this time next year, they may have been replaced by a new collection.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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