Initiated by MU, the collection entitled "Hommage aux bâtisseurs culturels montréalais" (Tribute to Montreal's Great Artists) highlights the contribution of the creative minds and forces behind Montreal’s reputation as an exceptional North American city. Since 2010, this series of murals created pays homage to the creative talents who have made outstanding contributions to the local, national and international reach of the city’s cultural scene.
It is meant to be a more modern take on Borduas’ legacy. The text, written in a more contemporary typography (as opposed to the original typography of the word ‘Manifeste’), highlights Paul-Émile Borduas, the man, as well as the more critical moments of his life along with key words related to his work. The hand represents the creative act as well as Borduas’ spontaneous artistry.
The mural "Printemps : hommage à Marcelle Ferron" was realized by Philippe Allard in 2013. It draws inspiration from the colorful stained glass of the Champ-de-Mars station, originally created by Marcelle Ferron and bequeathed to the Société de transport de Montréal by the Quebec government in 1968. Ferron, an Automatiste artist, was one of the first to create an abstract piece to be integrated to the city’s architecture.
The artwork presents several characters from Tremblay’s imagination : Marcel Duplessis and his cat, Albertine, Thérèse and Pierrette, all from the Chroniques du Plateau-Mont-Royal; Hosanna, and of course, the Belles-Soeurs: Olivine Dubuc, Rose Ouimet, Marie-Ange Brouillette, Pierrette Guérin and Germaine Lauzon who gave her name to the mural.
Contenu / Contents — Olivier Bousquet, Elizabeth-Ann Doyle et Caroline Marinacci
Photos — Olivier Bousquet, Stéphane Cocke, Thomas Csano, Isabelle Duguay, Jarret Gibbons et Gene Pendon