Since 2009, Verdun’s urban planning department has had a beautification strategy based on integrating murals. Ettennaoj, which overlooks Parc Joannette, is the fourth MU mural completed within this framework. Artist Jason Botkin selected shapes and colours from the recently revitalized park to create a dialogue between the artwork and its environment. The blue and red sphere in the bottom right of the mural is a direct nod to the playground at the foot of the mural, and the organic shapes invite an extension of the park’s greenery.
Youth workshops were held within the framework of the City of Montreal’s Policy on Children and in collaboration with the organization Toujours Ensemble (Passeport pour la réussite).