Each year, MU returns to its roots where its very first mural was born in 2007 and produces murals reflecting the theme chosen by the Borough, namely the meeting of cultures. On the occasion of 15 years of murals and partnership with the Borough, MU wanted to celebrate the diversity of cultures at this very location. This mural punctuates the place with vibrant colors and was created by Dee Barsy. The artist is inspired by his Ojibwe origins, using native representations and symbols.
Dee Barsy is an Ojibwe painter and works in art education. For this mural, Dee depicted abstract representations of a migizi (eagle) and a nenookaasi (hummingbird), both moving in a circular path between the background and foreground of the composition. The abstract lines and shapes, which resemble ribbons, represent movement through time and space. Between the two birds is Giiwedinong Anangoog (northern circumpolar stars). On one side, the constellation Ojiig (Fisher) (Big Dipper), on the other, the constellation of Maang (Plunge) (Little Dipper) and then in the center, we here in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. To further her research, the artist was inspired by the book Ojibwe Sky Star Map Constellation Guide, An Introduction to Ojibwe Star Knowledge by Annette S. Lee.
“What I like about these star formations is that they can be seen by everyone on Turtle Island (Canada) on a clear night. When I look up at the sky, I feel connected to my home (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1) and connected to the earth I am invited to,” adds Dee Barsy.
This project produced by MU was financed thanks to the collaboration of the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, a loyal partner of MU for the past 15 years.