The mural, named Nacimiento, was created by artist Julian Palma in front of Dalbé-Viau park, and aims to improve the look of the area while involving the community.
Six meetings with local youth were organized with the artist to design the mural. First, a conceptual ideation workshop was held with animators from the Lachine Graffiti Program and the artist to discuss a theme, then art workshops were offered to the youngsters in collaboration with the neighborhood community organization, Comité de vie de quartier Duff-Court (COVIQ). Through these art workshops, the Lachine Graffiti Program animators and MU created strong ties with local youth, informally raising their awareness of the impact of graffiti on their environment, increasing their sense of pride, bringing them closer together across generations and communities, and reclaiming their living space.
The artwork represents the themes of nature, environmental awareness and hope. Through his depiction of plants, foliage and birds, Julian Palma depicts the bond between humans and nature, and the natural strength of the interrelation between communities and their environment.
This mural was funded by the City of Montreal’s Mural Art Program.