This new giant mural in downtown Montreal, entitled Façades: fenêtres sur ma ville, is the first trompe-l’oeil mural of this scale in the city. The work was designed and created by artist Rafael Sottolichio and produced by MU following a call for projects as part of Tourisme Montréal’s centennial. It is located in the heart of downtown, offering striking views from Dorchester Square and Sainte-Catherine Street.
This large-scale project required more than 2,000 hours of work, 25 models, 600 liters of paint for a surface of 16,000 square feet.
The mural uses a downtown element as a motif for the deployment of an explosion of colors on a sky blue background. The mural emphasizes the dynamics of the forms to evoke the dynamism of the city, its culture and the ideas that abound. The stone façade, representative of a time when Montreal was being built in the modern era, is reproduced in trompe l’oeil but on a different scale.
This mural is a good representation of what this multicultural urban center is, anchored in the past, connected to the present and projected on the future.