Artists David Guinn and Phillip Adams completed the Habitations Jeanne Mance (HJM) series Les saisons montréalaises (Montreal Seasons) with an ode to Spring. The work immortalizes Montrealers taking advantage of the colours, odours, and picnics and flowering trees that characterize the arrival of good weather and of spring. The horizontal lines appearing in each mural are inspired by the movement produced by automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on East DeMaisonneuve Boulevard. The pair of murals produced in 2009 illustrates contemporary landscapes representing a scene of autumnal colours and a more dramatic winter scene, while the 2010 mural depicts the fireworks, public bathing and festivals that represent the summer season in Montreal.
The ensemble of the HJM murals is themed on nature and vegetation. This artistic direction was developed with the HJM Corporation in order to create continuity with other site improvements, notably allowing the site to position itself as the “green” heart of the city of Montreal.