The completion of the Mural “Cessez-le-feu” (Ceasefire) beautifully marks the conclusion of an important series which artist Phillip Adams began in 2012 at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance that is based on the four elements. After an imposingly cloudy sky (L’air du temps, 2012), the majestic St. Lawrence River (Au fil de l’eau, 2013), and a hyper-realistic Mont Royal (Terre d’accueil, 2015), it is with striking contrast that the artist — in creative residence at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance during the production of the mural — gives us the the final element, fire. We find an illustration of the city of Montreal in twilight, seen from the summit of Mount Royal.
The artist was assisted by Angel Ezequiel Herrera Lopez and Stéphanie Harel during the execution of the project.
Mural art and mosaic workshops were offered to the residents of the Habitations Jeanne-Mance and the neighbourhood in conjunction with the mural.
In 2012, MU was awarded the provincial Citoyen de la culture Andrée-Daigle award by Les Arts et la ville for their work at the Habitations Jeanne-Mance. Since 2009, MU has produced a collection of four murals (Les Saisons montréalaises which can be seen on Boulevard Maisonneuve Est between Sanguinet and St-Dominique) as well as a collectively-made mosaic mural, among others. Following the project’s positive impact, this collection on the theme of the four elements was launched in 2012.