Wall art, public art or street art has evolved! It started as an underground movement, linked to the hip-hop culture. At one time, it may have been called illegal art, graffiti art and even wall therapy.
Now, it’s international festivals in many major cities (Montreal, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Dallas, Lima, Buenos Aires and more), with artists who have fine-arts degrees. Google’s Art Project has dedicated a web site to Street Art. When the festivals are over, they leave behind revitalized neighbourhoods, more tourism and increased access to art in an engaging, open-air museum.
I have created a number of large-scale, street-art creations on walls in both Montreal an Miami.
In 2015, I was humbled to be chosen as one of only 10 Quebec artists to participate in Montreal’s Mural International Art Festival. Another 10 artists were international talents. St-Laurent Blvd. was closed between Sherbrooke St. and Mount Royal Avenue for a record 11 days, as artists produced their works.
I chose to paint the crow. I’ve been fascinated by crows since I was a child. They’re often regarded as evil omens, messengers of prophecy or even birds of death — I was trying to take that all away so people could see how amazingly beautiful crows really are. Hopefully, by allowing the crow’s beauty to shine in happy, positive light and color, all our fears would fall by the wayside. Then people might not be so negative about them.
Thousands of visitors, aided by a site map, admired the progress of the works on their own or as part of guided tours that included films, visit to market stalls and street art galleries. Many Montrealers were introduced to my work and became fans. They captured the crow on their phones and cameras and tweeted or re-tweeted it, face booked it, blogged it or instagramed it. Carle Bernier-Genest, well-known blogger on his site “C’est toi ma Ville”, writes about the City of Montreal – its beauty, pleasures, diversity and future. He said,”Le Corbeau de Melissa Del Pinto (MURAL 2015) est un véritable bijou. Elle réussit à nous faire admirer cet oiseau, qui autrement nous laisse indifférent, sinon craintif. Une œuvre, qui réussit à nous faire sortir du ‘cadre’ social habituel, est une œuvre importante.”
Many actually stopped by personally to tell me how much they admired my work. On June 14, 2015 Bono was one of them. Bono is the lead vocalist of the rock band U2 as well as a singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman and internationally-renowned philanthropist.