- Montreal has a new mural dedicated to Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, who, at the age of 10 in March 2018, went missing from the Cartierville neighbourhood.
- Artist Julian Palma wanted to create a gift for the Kouakou family in memory of their son.
One of the beautiful things about Montreal is the abundance of breathtaking street art that decorates our city and contributes to its colourful landscape.
The newest addition to our street art collection is one of the most special and moving pieces our city has to offer.
On March 12, 2018 Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou disappeared in Cartierville after leaving his home to go to a friend's house only a few blocks away.
Ariel was 10 years of age at the time of his disappearance and the story touched people across the city, which is why this mural is so significant.
Julian Palma is a Colombian-born artist who is known for his big and colourful works of art. His impressive portfolio displays his undeniable talent and creative vision. His latest work commemorates Ariel.
When Palma heard about the heart wrenching disappearance of the young boy he wanted to do something in his honour.
In an Instagram post, Palma writes that "this wall is a gift to the Kouakou family; to his parents, who are an example of strength, faith, love and forgiveness. It is a gesture of solidarity and memory, at a time when we forget so soon and so quickly."
"It is the most honest way I found to join in the wait. I wait for Ariel because in his eyes I see my son."
The new spectacular work of art is in an alley between rue Masson and 7e Avenue.
In an interview with TVA, Mr. Kouakou said that he believes that this work and all the bright colours are a good representation of his son and the colour he brought to the lives of everyone he met.
It is nice to see that now, Mr. Kouakou has found a new friend in Julian.
Above all, this portrait represents hope — hope for answers, hope for a return home to his family and hope that this will never happen to any Montreal child ever again.
The mysterious disappearance of Ariel Jeffrey shook our city to the core and made us all think about the importance of looking out for one another.
On its website, the SPVM encourages anyone with information on Ariel's disappearance to contact 9-1-1 or to submit an anonymous tip by calling 514 393-1133.
Refer to the SPVM website here for more information.