The mural May and Old Song Open a New World produced by MU and created by Gene Pendon and Bryan Beyung — both of Asian descent —, celebrates the richness of the Chinese culture and the significant contribution of its people to Montreal’s cultural diversity. The project is consistent with the broader revitalization efforts of the Chinatown tourist hub.
Painted on a bright red background (synonymous with prosperity, heroism, courage and bravery in the Chinese culture), the image features a female Chinese opera singer decorated with a yellow, blooming lily in the foreground. In the background, a circle represents unity while the masks on either side signify the characteristic mix of optimism and nostalgia upon arrival in a new country.
Arts students and graduates Marianne Blondeau, Arnaud Grégoire and Catherine Lemay assisted the artists throughout the production of the mural.
Mosaic workshops were offered to the area’s youth in partnership with a local organization, le Service à la famille chinoise du Grand Montréal.