Monday, June 6, 2011

"La Foule Illuminée" par Raymond Mason, Rue McGill College

The glass skyscrapers tower above the Illuminated Crowd sculpture along McGill College Avenue in the downtown area of Montreal City, Quebec.

Along McGill College Avenue in Montreal City in Quebec, Canada, the Illuminated Crowd sculpture stands at the base of the BNP Tower-Laurentian Bank Tower. This unique piece of art was created by Raymond Mason and has stood at the entrance to these glass skyscrapers since 1985.

Each face on this group of 66 people making up the Illuminated Crowd sculpture have their own personalized facial expressions. A variety of messages are passed through this sculpture, some which involve truth, others comedy and some which show a very real sense of tragedy. The faces on the figures at the front of the Illuminated Crowd are filled with joy and amazement, the middle portion of the crowd have people talking amongst each other and the last part of the group have good and bad emotions coming from their expressions.

Urbanity on flickr

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Doors of Montreal

Graffiti have a way to invade our urban environment and contribute to the cultural identity of cities. For years, I have observed the evolution of this art form in Montreal, as well as in many American and European cities. The images selected here are graffiti painted on doors, creating a unique style. Not unlike a painting hanging on a museum wall, graffiti on doors are self-contained art pieces, delimited by a external context, and placed strategically to attack an audience.

Les portes de Montréal
La présence des graffiti dans le milieu urbain contribue à l’identité culturelle des villes. Pendant des années, j’ai observé l’évolution de cette forme d’art à Montréal, et dans plusieurs villes Américaines et Européennes. Les images de cette collection sont des graffiti peints sur des portes, ce qui leurs donne une personnalité unique. Un peu comme une peinture que l’on retrouve dans un musée,  les graffiti sur les portes sont des œuvres encadrées, positionné dans un contexte bien défini, à la recherche de leur auditoire.

Other graffiti on Flickr  Art Wall