A mural made of flaming painted roses in particular appeared on the plywood palisade of the REM site in downtown Mont-Royal, last September. The work is intended to be temporary, while the work is taking place. But citizens have already expressed their attachment.
"A strong symbol"
The Comme des roses mural, about 150 feet long, is hard to miss. From the point of view of the dining room at Première Moisson on Canora Road, it really has its effect. "It's colorful, that's for sure, and it's nicer to see that than construction vehicles," comments Caroline, an employee of the bakery. Between two jackhammer vibrations, muralist Isabelle Duguay put all her heart into it, for two weeks last summer, to create this work which is intended to be both historic and moving.
"Roses are a strong symbol of Town of Mount Royal," she says, referring in particular to the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau rose garden, dating from 1958, in the heart of Connaught Park. But Comme des roses in French, or We are roses, also fits in the context of the pandemic, she lets know. "We all have our beauty and our inner colors that we want to show off. "We may all be in the same boat at the moment, but we remain -" like roses, all unique in our own way ", poetizes the 39-year-old Montrealer, originally from Gaspésie.