Montreal’s 123klan Get Wavey
Reports back from Under Pressure 2012 confirm our regrets of not attending. Instead of too much self-pity, I thought it was wise to revisit a moment from my trip North earlier this Summer. As previously mentioned, while up in MTL my trip quickly became centered around the vast spread of street art both in and around the city.
During day two of the trip, we decided it was wise to hop on a Bixi and go mural hunting. For $7 you get access to a bike for 24 hours, as long as you return it every 30 minutes. So we did, or as close as possible, even if it meant immediately picking up a new one (the exchange points are literally every 5 blocks, its damn hard to spend more than the initial $7 investment). While we stumbled upon a vast array of murals, tags and wheatpastes, the enormous wave mural out in the warehouse district was easily the stand out.
The attached gallery is my best attempt at representing the entirety of the piece while allowing the individual tags to shine. The 123klan, alongside a few more of Montreal’s finest, outdid themselves on this one, stretching around 2 warehouses and 5 walls. I will recap the art found amongst the city streets in my third and final post in this MTL street art series. Please note this mural dates back to 2010. One of the things that stood out to me in Montreal was that it seems street art is allowed to have a natural life span, left to dissolve and disintegrate on its own. This building was for sale, so at the very least, it should survivet until then. Don’t sleep on the 123klan’s website for all the latest on their work and events.