Between the 12-15th of June, Montreal became a mural mecca of the world for a few days. Hosting a great lineup of street art names, the city got culturally richer with the creation of some beautiful large murals that were painted during Mural Festival 2014. With the main idea of celebrating the creativity of and democratizing urban art, last year’s edition of the event had over 800,000 visits, and was awarded the Montreal Grand Prix du Tourisme.
With international names from every corner of the globe, from South America, to Australia, Europe, and North America, the organizers of the festival brought an impressive lineup of artists in for the 2nd edition of the festival. Although rain slowed down the planned progress, the murals were finished on time, with some artists even incorporating unforeseen circumstances such as rain-dissolved and dripping paint (such as 2501). The famous Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal was the epicenter of this successful event, and is where most of the new walls were painted. The featured artists included the locally-based masters of clean lines and graffiti legends 123Klan (seen above) as hosts of the festival. Also present was Bezt, as one half of the Polish surrealist duo Etam Cru, peculiar ink virtuoso Alexis Diaz, LA’s distinctive art collective Cyrcle., Australian portrait painter Rone, Chilean street art specialist Inti, French globetrotter and artist Seth Globepainter, to name a few, all leaving their recognizable marks.
Along with painting walls, the festival included live music shows, workshops, and a lot of other fun events that turned the area into a fun playground for three consecutive days.
Photo credit: Andre Bathalon, Sandra Larochelle, and Daniel Esteban.