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
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.
Next to Kashink is the work from the USA duo Cyrcle.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Further south on Clark is the mural by Kevin Ledo.
The wonderful ‘Le Futur est Ici !’ mural by Zoltan can be found on the corner of rue Saint Urbain and rue Guilbault…
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.
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…
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.
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.
A number of stalls were set up in the parc du Portugal. There was a cool piece of artwork on the surrounding fence…
There were a few shipping containers being given a graffiti make-over on rue Vallieres .
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.
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.
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