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Walls of beauty at Montreal's Mural Festival

Held in June 2014, the second edition of Mural Festival transformed Saint Lawrence Boulevard into a veritable open-air studio and museum.
Held in June 2014, the second edition of Mural Festival transformed Saint Lawrence Boulevard into a veritable open-air studio and museum.
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Held in June 2014, the second edition of Mural Festival transformed Saint Lawrence Boulevard into a veritable open-air studio and museum as 20 international muralists created works of public art on the facades of buildings around Montreal’s most historic boulevard.

Held in June 2014, the second edition of Mural Festival transformed Saint Lawrence Boulevard into a veritable open-air studio and museum.
© MRNY

A celebration of the creativity and democracy of urban art, Mural Festival features installations, films, music, performance, block parties, and after-parties throughout the four-day festival – but the festival’s most important legacy are the wall-size murals that remain for viewers’ pleasure throughout the year.

A winner of Quebec’s Grand Prize of Tourism, the inaugural Mural Festival in 2013 attracted more than 800,000 visits to the free festival. This year’s festival highlights the work of artists from Australia, France, Italy, Chile, Poland, Puerto Rico, the US, and Canada.

Canadian artist Zilon’s work has been inspired by characters from Jean Cocteau, while the Polish artist Bezt of the Polish duo Etam Cru utilizes elements of Eastern European folk and fairy tales for his color saturated wall murals.

The Chilean artist INTI, whose name means “Sun” in the Quechua language, conveys the energy of ancient South American cultures through Latin-inspired murals of carnivals.

Inspired by the Surrealists, Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz creates phantasmagorical animals with a precision inspired by ancient engravings.

Los Angeles-based duo Cyrcle painted a massive Roman temple for a piece called “Slave,” which reflects the artists’ themes of power, control, and rebellion.

Committed to women’s rights, the Canadian artist Miss Me gives voice to popular female personae such as Hello Kitty, Billie Holiday, and Amy Winehouse.

Often referred to as The Main, Saint Laurent Boulevard designates the city’s division between east and west. This summer, download the Mural Festival map and rediscover The Main’s artistic renaissance.