Hydro-Québec commissioned MU to produce a large mural on the Guy substation’s protective wall at the corner of rue Guy and rue St-Jacques, in the Sud-Ouest borough. The mural, which pays tribute to Little Burgundy, was produced in order to revitalize and beautify the area, and to prevent tagging and graffiti.
Roadsworth, an artist who is originally from Toronto but resides in Montreal, and who specializes in urban art, was chosen to carry out the project. The artist created a mural which incorporates a variety of aspects of Little Burgundy’s social and cultural history. Several key components of this history are highlighted, including the strong ties between the neighbourhood and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Steel Company of Canada. Little Burgundy’s creative and cultural importance is also highlighted. The neighbourhood is considered one of the birthplaces of jazz music in Montreal and in North America.
On Sunday, 24 July, the public was invited to a day of participatory painting. Young and old alike were able to leave their mark by taking part in the creation of the mural.