I came across this building while walking through Montreal a few months ago. It’s just off Rue St. Catherine, not far from Rue St. Laurent. I’m not sure if it’s an homage to a specific person or just a beautiful piece of art, but anyone who doesn’t think that graffiti art has a place in civic life is sorely mistaken. I’d take the vibrant colours and creative passion that went into this artwork over the cold, plain, glass and steel walls of the countless condos popping up like acne all over Toronto any day.
In a city like Montreal or Toronto, there’s enough space for the condos and the creative/created space to co-exist (and while codes can be creative, in the great development race that has engulfed Toronto they rarely are) but it seems like we’re being overrun with the former at the expense of the latter.
Whoever created the above artwork, congratulations. You did a fantastic job.
Another example of one man’s trash being another’s treasure.
If this building stood in most modern cities today, it wouldn’t be standing for long. The peeling facade and age alone would probably earn it a date with a wrecking ball. I can tell you that here in Toronto we love to tear down buildings of character and replace them with tall, glass, hollow condo towers or some other mundane building project the city terms “revitalization.” This building, however, stands proudly in Rome. Sure it could use a paint job, but it’s still charming enough that crowds of afternoon patrons prevented us from procuring a seat on the patio for a little vino to go with the view.