This Mural is but a Whisper!

This Mural is but a Whisper!

My latest mural honouring visionary architect Phyllis Lambert, founder of Heritage Montreal (1975) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, was unveiled at the corner of Jeanne-Mance and Milton in Milton Park, the heart of the historic district (Oct. 8, 2019).

Her role as an activist and her involvement in safeguarding Montreal’s architectural heritage motivates us all to be better than we are and give back to the community.

This work is part of a collection called ‘Montreal’s great artists.’

The mural, painted on the brick wall of a 19th-century building at the northeast corner of Jeanne-Mance and Milton Sts., draws from pencil sketches on paper of neighbourhood building facades drawn by Heritage Montreal policy director Dinu Bumbaru.

Near the top of the mural is a quotation by Lambert about what defines flourishing cites. Philippe Lupien, a professor of environmental architecture at the Université du Québec à Montréal, did the architectural lettering.

The mural was produced by MU, a charitable organization with a mission to beautify the city by creating mural art anchored in local communities. Speaking about my mural, Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, MU executive director and artistic director, said, “Everything from the choice of sketches to the paint, which has a slight metallic sheen and resembles the pencil lines of Bumbaru’s sketches. The delicate sketches look different at different times of the day, depending on the light. The mural’s size and scale respect the neighbourhood.”

I call it a “whisper”, it’s there, but not overpowering.

The mural honouring Lambert is the 21st in the MU Montreal Great Artists collection, which highlights contributions to the cultural scene of artists who are native to the city or who made it home. I am honoured to be part of this group.

The series, launched in 2010, includes the mural on Crescent St. that pays tribute to Leonard Cohen; one honouring Mordecai Richler on Laurier St. W., near St-Urbain St., where he grew up and set many of his novels; and murals honouring playwright Michel Tremblay and musicians Oscar Peterson, Daisy Peterson Sweeney and Oliver Jones.