Everywhere you look in Montréal, you’ll see artists’ murals brightening and enlivening the city’s walls. Painted by talented local and international artists, including both newcomers and established artists, they depict aspects of a neighbourhood’s history and cultural diversity, daily life in the community, and important societal issues. These murals are also firmly grounded in the community, and often play a role in local citizen initiatives.
Whether they’re part of a social reintegration project or neighbourhood revitalization efforts, or grassroots action to add a touch of beauty to a neighbourhood, honour famous residents, share community values or inspire and educate local youth, the murals of Montréal are as diverse as its population: traditional, modern, unique, and above all, a reflection of the wealth of cultures that define our identity as a city.
Be sure to check them out!
Did you know?
The MU mural in honour of beloved singer and poet Leonard Cohen, created by artists El Mac and Gene Pendon and located at 1420 Crescent Street, is the largest mural in the city. Look for it as you pass the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) or explore Mount Royal— you can’t miss it!
ville.montreal.qc.ca/murales (French only)