Musings on Montréal Murals (and other things)

by Greg Blaney November. 27, 2018 712 views

We went to Montréal, Québec this autumn to visit our eldest son, Jeff. Although we have been there a couple of times prior, I never really noticed the street art, most specifically the murals on the sides of buildings. One might ask – “How could you not notice paintings that encompass the whole sides of buildings?” I guess my answer would be that “I don’t know, just never did”. Regardless, Montréal is known for its cultural and artistic diversity and I captured a very small part of it during our visit. Here is some of that.

OK, this may or may not count as art. We went to a restaurant called Arthur's Nosh Bar and sat at the counter. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the food prep staff ‘garnished’ these drinks with a mini bagel sandwich.

OK, this may or may not count as art. We went to a restaurant called Arthur's Nosh Bar and sat at the counter. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the food prep staff ‘garnished’ these drinks with a mini bagel sandwich.

Across the street from the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts are different sculptures. This one has a series of chrome balls sitting on a side street. The street is painted to make the balls appear to be moving through it, creating undulations resembling water movement.

Across the street from the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts are different sculptures. This one has a series of chrome balls sitting on a side street. The street is painted to make the balls appear to be moving through it, creating undulations resembling water movement.

And this one is a statue made entirely of metal blocks (so is he a blockhead?).

And this one is a statue made entirely of metal blocks (so is he a blockhead?).

Jeff finds a new friend – the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival mascot.

Jeff finds a new friend – the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival mascot.

A visit to Montréal wouldn’t be complete without entering the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is a shot with its interior lights dimmed.

A visit to Montréal wouldn’t be complete without entering the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is a shot with its interior lights dimmed.

Painted pumpkins at the Atwater Market could count as street art, couldn’t it?

Painted pumpkins at the Atwater Market could count as street art, couldn’t it?

Now on to the murals. I never intended to take so many mural pictures but it just happened. And these are just a fraction of the ones that exist there. Keep in mind that these take up the whole side of these buildings.

Now on to the murals. I never intended to take so many mural pictures but it just happened. And these are just a fraction of the ones that exist there. Keep in mind that these take up the whole side of these buildings.

You may have heard of Leonard Cohen. He was a well known Montréal poet, songwriter and performer most famous for his song Hallelujah, which has been covered by multiple artists. When he died, two murals were commissioned – the one above and the one below.

You may have heard of Leonard Cohen. He was a well known Montréal poet, songwriter and performer most famous for his song Hallelujah, which has been covered by multiple artists. When he died, two murals were commissioned – the one above and the one below.

This mural is on the side of a building in the St. Laurent neighbourhood, not far from where Cohen was raised and honed his art. Many people consider this one to be the rightful tribute to him since it’s within eyesight of where he used to live.

This mural is on the side of a building in the St. Laurent neighbourhood, not far from where Cohen was raised and honed his art. Many people consider this one to be the rightful tribute to him since it’s within eyesight of where he used to live.

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Bethany Plonski 2 years, 9 months ago

I love this set! You did a great job capturing the artwork and feeling of the city. Wow, those murals!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for your kind comments, Bethany. The murals are something else, that's for sure. They seemed to be everywhere - really made for a more interesting visit.

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 9 months ago

Excellent series and some of these murals are just gorgeous!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Camellia. The murals are gorgeous - some people are just so talented. I couldn't imagine where to begin on painting a mural on the side of a building.

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Heike 2 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful street art, and great tributes to Leonhard Cohen. I had a long playing record of him when I was a teenager. He was a great song-writer and poet. (The garnish of the drinks look more tasty than the drinks itself. smile) Thx for showing Greg! Great post!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Heike, I'm glad you liked the post. Montreal is a wonderful place to visit if you ever get over to Canada.

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