Community groups from Montreal are honouring the Black Lives Matter movement by painting a French, rainbow-coloured mural in the Gay Village on Ste. Catherine Street.
The words ‘La Vie des Noirs(es) Compte’ will be painted across 200 feet of street by the end of Wednesday, the French translation for ‘Black Lives Matter.’
Twenty different community organizations helped get the City of Montreal involved in the new art project and an artist from each group will be able to put their own colourful design into one of the block letters.
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The Montreal-based community group Never Was Average is heading the new mural, saying they “design and curate positive spaces so you can feel represented, supported, and fulfilled.”
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The mural aims to bring attention to the struggles faced by black communities and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ mantra sparked a global movement after the death of George Floyd initiated protests around the world.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says the city supports the murals’ message and reaffirms “strongly” that the lives of black people matter.
Une oeuvre géante prend forme sur Sainte-Catherine dans le @VillageGaiMTL! @MTL_Ville est fière de soutenir cette initiative du @GalaDynastie et du collectif d’artistes Never Was Average pour réaffirmer haut et fort que la vie des noir•es compte. #BlackLivesMatter #polmtl pic.twitter.com/7YBO8IVeb9
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) July 14, 2020
The ‘La Vie des Noirs(es) Compte’ mural is expected to be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday and will remain in place until the fall.