Theatre perfomances, live music and a street-fair atmosphere (mercifully free of big brand hype) drew young families, students and tourists, who viewed the multi-story murals and installations, many still in progress on Sunday, thanks to rain earlier. The murals will remain in place over the next year.
An Escher-like effect by RR&DB:
The murals were of the fantastic, visionary and surreal school; below, a fantasy figure by Inti of Chile holds a beaker in a clawed hand:
A mural by Alex Scaner of Canada:
Visitors picked up chalk to make their own marks:
While local restaurants dished up paella, vegan burritos and sausages, cheek by jowl:
People watching in the sunshine! An eye-catching ensemble and hairstyle on an older woman:
And a rockabilly girl and guy in front of a vintage store:
Nice installation, boys—but is it art?
A girl, balletic in her tee and white kitchen wear, with the pre-existing graffiti of a lane:
At home, someone has grafitti'd a poem directly across from our balcony:
(I will be there where you will not be/we will be in the space between us/we will be miserable.)
We, however, felt far from miserable, after a dinner of the astonishingly delicious arepas at Bocadillo, the Venezuelan bakery restaurant.
And for a heartening story of the positive outcomes of public art, see more about MU (Mural Urbain)'s work with Montréal neighbourhoods in this Toronto Star article.