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The Walls Have It!

Yesterday I “regaled” you with my evening at the Montreal Symphony House on Tuesday and promised you another post on all the wonderful graffiti/wall art I encountered on my walkabout before the show.

Today is the day, folks!Β  Now, I mentioned I had to let my inner Resa out because she is the Queen of Graffiti finds.Β  Just check out her site right here. The only bummer was that I was not prepared for such a ‘happening’, so to speak, so I had no camera, just my phone – which, it turned out, was not so bad after all.

I mentioned that I had spotted one mural yesterday that I had to go back to see once I parked my car, and on my way east along Ste-Catherine Street – I did say we can walk right in the middle of the street in this part of the island and they have removed the asphalt and replace with lovely, bricks? or tiles? Whatever…

Ste-Catherine Street

Bright colour caught my eye on my right and I felt compelled to go investigate. It is a street but feels more like an alleyway – plus, as you can see, this one is a certain kind of colourful πŸ˜‰

As you can see the sun (yay! the sun!!) was shining in such a way that it was difficult to capture properly.Β  I kinda wish I had taken a few more but, one must be reasonable…

Stepping back onto Ste-Catherine Street, I realised I was right in front of Foufounes Γ‰lectriques – or as we like to call it, Les Foufs (translation: Electric Buns (or Butt, or Tush or… you get it…). It’s a three-story bar/show venue.Β  The times I’ve gone there, the show going on upstairs was lots of noise being enjoyed by peeps in all manners of tatts and piercings and hair of every imaginary colour. Not trying to say I’m too old for the joint… but maybe I’ll just stay downstairs at the bar. Or in the courtyard.Β  I dunno know why I just took just a shot of the entrance to the courtyard and not more of it.Β  How I roll.Β  Don’t think, just do. Ah well. An excuse to go back, right?

I walk past Les Foufs and turn into the alleyway/street just east of the building, figuring I was getting closer to the aforementioned mural I wanted to capture.

Whoa.Β  Along Les Foufs east wall, I found this:

I turned around and the other building had this:

I keep walking and get to the back wall of Les Foufs… Jeez Louise…

And then, on the wall to the right, was this.

Is that a bright little neck of the woods, or what?

So, I end up at yesterday’s mural, take a few pics of which I shared that one yesterday and keep on walking. Well. Guess what? There was more!

Feeling properly satisfied with my discoveries, I continue to make my way back and discover this bedazzled by mosaic balcony… who does that?

Shake my head, grinning, turn the corner. And.

Wow. Can you believe all that art in less than one square mile?

I was practically skipping my way back to Ste-Catherine Street to find me some grub.

Our Hydro-Quebec is one of the sponsors of the “Quartier des Spectacles” (Entertainment or Performance Quarter) and has these whimsical statues, if you will, placed here and there. How fun (never mind just how much it costs me per month in hydro bills…)

Hydro-Quebec “Art”

I’m hoping I’ve not gone on too long this time and that you’ve enjoyed the joy I found on Tuesday.



80 thoughts on “The Walls Have It!

  1. This was fun! What an explosion of color and culture and all-things-street-art! Thanks for stopping and taking the photos and then taking the time to share them with us! πŸ™‚ Yay to you and the peeps who did those (who DOES mosaic on the sides of side walks balconies indeed!! Then again, there are those row-houses that have matching stained glass front doors, and mosaics in the subway … so, who knows?!)

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  2. Dear Dale,

    There’s some amazing artwork on them thar walls. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for the tour, it was just plain fun. (Oh yeah, and thank you for the FF photo prompt. πŸ˜‰ …Hydro)

    Shalom and lotsa hugs,


    PS I enjoyed the music even though I don’t understand a word of it. πŸ˜€

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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Them thar art done blew me away.
      And you are most welcome πŸ˜‰

      Shalom and lotsa love,


      P.S. Darn language barrier… It’s a fun song where he basically says when he’s done being underappreciated, he shall make his way to the lady of Haute Savoie (a region in France)…

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  3. Wow! Not sure I was ready for that first thing in the morning. This post needs a health warning. Blinking heck, what a fantastic feast for hungry. Phantasmagorical. And lots seem to be advertising the establishment upon which they ‘rest’. I don’t think we have anything to match that. Thanks for the share. Now to give my eyes a chance to recover. πŸ™‚

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    • Hahaha! I did warn, didn’t I? I was so sure I did…
      And that’s just one tiny section of Montreal. I can’t help.but wonder if there are other sections with such blatant offerings.
      Glad you enjoyed despite the shock to the eyes…

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      • I did, indeed, yes. We have nothing to compare.
        And I’m put in mind of something I read some time ago, that the medieval castles were painted on the outside. But nothing was said of how they were painted. I’ve seen photos of churches in Romania, and wow! They are so colourfully painted … on the outside. Did our castle once feature action scenes from the lords’ valiant battles? Like, the best of Sir Duke?

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  4. So cool, Dale! So bright and colorful! Is it an official city project, or just random works of art?
    There’s a Mural Arts program in Philadelphia. Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama’s portrait, just completed one in the “Gayborhood,” and Mural Arts just started a program where they’re hiring homeless people to paint every day–cash and a meal, I think.

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    • Aren’t they, though? Good question.
      I think there are some city projects. I’ll have to look into it.
      Don’t think there is such a program such as cash and a meal but I could be wrong. Will look into it!

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  5. Q,

    Much better idea to spread this out into a two parter, it worked beautifully.

    Street art is one of those last bastion creative efforts. Like small town newspapers and street performers. There is such an eloquent verity to these larger than life pieces of art. And I love the randomness of it. Like, most every one of these pieces breaches the architectural sensibilities and grabs the vibe and mood of the citizens instead. It’s like the buildings just went flash mob on us.

    A gallery magnifique by an uber talented photog. πŸ™‚


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  6. Wow, I see so much talent there. Some I really like, and get, while some not so much. But the explosion of color and form all join together to make quite a presentation. That would be such an enjoyable walk. We went on a photo walk, part of an annual world wide event, a while back into downtown Kansas City and we have a little bit of this going on also. But not to this extent. Thanks for sharing.

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    • They are wild and colourful, to say the least. I don’t think all are for everyone’s tastes, but you definitely have to give credit to the talent.
      I shall be going on more graffiti expeditions πŸ˜‰

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  7. When you look back in history it was very common to have graffiti art both inside, and outside, private and public buildings. Churches particularly had tremendous works that were later painted over, or scrubbed off. Such a sad loss. It never fails to amaze me how the artists manage to keep the perspective over such large works. Lovely music again!

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  8. ⚑️πŸ’₯LOVE THIS ⚑️πŸ’₯
    As you know I’m busy over on Art Gowns. However, once caught up over there, I’ll log back into my GLAM blog, come back, and comment from the authority of my street art blog. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Just wonderful!

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