Urban artwork meets classic art nouveau in a recent five-story mural created on the side of a building in Montréal, Quebec.
The “N.D.G. Project” mural named for the city’s “Notre-Dame-de-Grace” neighborhood, was created by A’shop, a Montreal-based group of graffiti artists. The massive mural was inspired by the works of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), a Czech art nouveau painter.
|A’shop artists used 500 cans of spray paint in more than 50 colors to create the “Our Lady of Grace” mural.|
According to team’s website, five artists worked on the graffiti mural for 16 days, “from dusk to dawn,” using 500 cans of spray paint in more than 50 different colors. The city gave A’shop control of the project and provided funding.
One of the artists, “Fluke,” said he hopes the project will encourage other neighborhoods to consider murals of their own. “Our city has way too much gray. So I hope this [mural] kickstarts a mural campaign,” he said.
The artists said the interpretation of “Our Lady of Grace” demonstrates the talents of modern-day graffiti artists.
| Photos taken during the creation of the mural. |
A’shop artists have done similar projects in Europe and different parts of Canada. They observe, however, that this is the first time they’ve had an opportunity to work on a community project in their “own city” that gave the artists “full control” over the creation.
More information: A’shop.