For those who don't remember, back in November, Station 16, a Montreal based print shop, had over $50, 000 in art stolen. None of the art was recovered. But that hasn't stopped Station 16 from losing its spirit, producing awesome art, and launching their own global art project.
Station 16 launched their own kickstarter campaign 24 days ago, an initiative to fund the creation of 16 silkscreen prints, with 16 artists from around the world, in 16 months. We covered the launch at the beginning of the month (see here) and only 6 days remain in the campaign, with the project 80% funded. To create a series of slikscreens from the world's greatest street artist, Station 16 still needs your help to reach its goal. Any donation goes a long way, so help out a worthwhile global art project here.
Already well on their way to fulfilling their artistic endeavour, Station 16 has its first confirmed artist: PEZ, a Spanish street artist who call Barcelona home, but has made murals around the world. Check out some of PEZ's stuff below, and know that with your help, Station 16 can get artists just as skilled to make some fantastic pieces.
Other than good artistic karma, there are some other personal benefits to contributing to the kickstarter. Donations of $2600 will get you the entire collection of prints from the project. Donate $3750 and Station 16 will send an artist to your home/business and create a personal mural just for you! Well worth the cash, but don't think you need to donate that much. Every dollar counts.
Murals are no longer restricted to the many walls of Montreal, because one borough in the city is putting street art onto the street. Yes, Montreal is getting street art bike lanes, reports Global News.
Officially dubbed "safety art," this cyclist-and-pedestrian safety project is housed in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.
More specifically, the artwork is on Beaubien Street, and its colourful blue, red, and yellow pattern is meant to make drivers more alert of pedestrian zones.
The "street art bike lane" was designed by Montreal-based artist Peter Gibson, otherwise known as Roadsworth, who is no stranger to creating works of art on city streets.
Roadsworth is known for making murals on the road, and we've sprinkled some of his past work throughout this article.
Note, however, that the image attached to this article is not the "safety art" now on Beaubien street, but another piece of Gibson's street art. The tweet below by reporter Felicia Parillo will give you a look at what the first street art bike lane in Montreal really looks like.
‘Safety art’ on Rosemont intersections aims to keep cyclists safe. Tune into the full story at 5:30pm.https://t.co/gNm0sjqYzE
Not to brag, but we actually posed the idea of turning bike lanes into works of art over a year ago. Fortunately, at least one borough in Montreal listened... or came up with the idea on their own, which is admittedly more likely. Either way, we're pumped to see this type of project being launched in Montreal.
That isn't to say everyone is on-board with Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie's latest effort to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Some residents of the borough say that the safety art won't make much of a difference, and drivers won't pay attention. Others say that the $25,000 it cost to make the street-level mural should have been spent on repairing roads, not painting on them.
Whether or not the newly created safety art will make a difference on the rather busy (and sometimes hazardous for anyone not in a car) stretch of Beaubien remains to be seen.
As The Mural Fest has slowly come to an end, all the 20 new murals have finally been completed! Yes, there are 20 new murals that are perfect pieces of art to decorate our city and make everyday just a bit better.
A variety of artists from all across the globe of come to Montreal to display their masterpieces to the WHOLE city and trust me, the murals this year is BY FAR the most spectacular I've ever seen! They are situated all across the city expanding beyond the Plateau area so here's a mapof all the new murals (in red) and the old ones (in purple)! You can also download their brand new app titled MURAL Festival which will keep you updated and give you the map to find ALL the murals!
1. INSA – United Kingdom
You Can Find It Here: 3527 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
There'll be an unconventionally dark Kraken mural on St. Laurent and Duluth and rich and smooth Kraken Black Spiced Rum drinks at every Mural Fest Bar. For those who dare to experience the darkness in an unexpected way, check out the Kraken Black Summer Skream truckand experience the blackest treat of all: The Kraken Black Spiced Rum ice cream.
Sometimes, painting the summer black isn't such a bad thing.