This project is the final touch on the revitalization of Joyeux-Vikings park, carried out in the summer of 2019. The mural was created by the artist Borrris. It pays tribute to the citizens’ movement that, between 1978 and 1980, transformed a lot left vacant by the fires of 1974’s so-called Red Weekend—an event that destroyed 185 homes—into a neighbourhood park.
In this mural, the community is represented by a group of silhouettes that appear to guide the huge figure, who holds a walking staff, the symbol of the long path to success. In its other hand, the figure holds an energy sphere, symbol of the community’s tenacity and a nod to the Viking’s shield. The map on the guardian’s leg depict the neighbourhood’s streets, and the overall geometric aesthetic echoes the updates park’s shapes and forms.
Borrris was assisted by Julien Sicre and Julian Palma.