MU was asked to create the LaSalle borough’s very first mural. This request led to a promising and unifying community project that has energized the area and become a landmark for residents. The mural is in a residential sector known as the Bronx, or Village des Rapides, that is easily identified by its 1920s-1950s houses. Located at the eastern edge of the borough, it got the “Bronx” moniker in 1919, when New York brokers bought several lots in the area. The area is in transition, as more and more young families are choosing to move there for its proximity to downtown, access to nature and thriving neighbourhood. There is a real sense of community in the area.
For this first work in the borough, artist Bryan Beyung worked with two images taken in the same place, but at completely different times to create a visual juxtaposition between past and present. On one side is an old archive photo of a public beach that is no more (Rocky Beach) and on the other is a recent photo of the same place, now reclaimed by nature.
Rocky Beach was located near the Lachine Rapids between 1st and 8th avenues.