Fresh work by Ledo, En Masse, Miss Me & Waxhead. Photos by Lisa Sproull
Montreal is a street art paradise, with enormous talent, a collaborative spirit and a rising profile thanks in part to festivals like Under Pressure and Mural Fest.
While most artists enjoy the visibility that comes with finding a great spot, or the recognition from having their work disseminated online, sometimes artists just gotta create for art’s sake.
One such creative outpouring is going down right now in a secret location somewhere in the lower Plateau.
The three-level inner courtyard space has turned into a living gallery representing a who’s who of Montreal’s established and emerging street art community, including organizer TurtleCaps and 38 other participating artists such as En Masse, Starchild Stela, HoarKor, Kevin Ledo, Miss Me, Axe, Tava, X-Ray and MC Baldassari.
The project has been labelled Cabane à Sucre by organizer and NYC transplant TurtleCaps, in homage to a similar intervention called Surplus Candy that was conducted in his home city by NYC artist Hanksy — in that case, over 40 artists decked out a condemned East Village brownstone shortly before the whole structure was downed by the wrecking ball.
TurtleCaps suspects the Cabane à Sucres site will eventually meet a similar fate due to encroaching gentrification, and appreciates how the new collaboration is a way to bring the building back to life, if only briefly before its inevitable death.
Have you ever felt like the ground was pulled from under your feet? Well, if you ever have the chance to walk on these sidewalks you will not only feel but see how it is to suddenly run out of ground to stand on.
All over the world there are street artists who create such incredible illusions that will truly stop you in your tracks. And the best part is, that the artistic illusion can be appreciated only from a certain angle.
The themes are countless and endless, but perhaps the ones that leave the biggest impression are the large-scale chasms.
This imaginative way of showing you what could be under your feet is refreshing and for some even terrifying, but it is certainly a lovely way to shaken up your everyday routine.