Les enfants dans la ville

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Explanatory plaque

Collective (330 Montreal children)
Les enfants dans la ville, 1979-80

Moulded concrete
Width 11,1 m × height 2,9 m

Location: Henri-Bourassa metro station, eastern mezzanine

This unique mural is composed of 330 concrete blocks, each created by a Montreal child.

During the 1979 International Year of the Child, the City of Montreal's Service des sports et loisirs decided to create a work of art designed by children for a prominent public place. 330 Montreal children aged from six to twelve took part in the project in April and May 1980 at the Centre communautaire Masson and the Aréna Préfontaine. They created images of their everyday lives focusing on four main themes: houses, people, parks, and transportation.

The clay moulds made by the children were filled with concrete to produce reliefs, each 35 cm × 25 cm. The blocks were then assembled in the station and unveiled on 9 December 1980.

External links:

  • Murale collective à la station Henri-Bourassa: Une réalisation des enfants de Montréal (Info STM, Métro, 22 April 2003, p. 11). In French, .pdf format
  • Murale collective de la station Henri-Bourassa: Quelques témoignages des artisans (Info STM, Métro, 19 August 2003, p. 11). In French, .pdf format