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Police Abolition mural @ Montréal

by Zola
September 2, 2020

I was invited to participate in a local street art & graffiti alley jam last week and decided to paint a baby mural showing what images come up to mind when I think of a world without police. The fireweed is a common wildflower that grows first in environments that have experienced trauma, like through forest fires. It it neither rare nor delicate, but absolutely stunning and vibrant.

photo by Olivier Bousquet
photo by Olivier Bousquet

I wanted to illustrate life after destruction. I also added will-o-wisps, which are an archetype in many different parts of the world to symbolize supernatural spirits. In this case, I see them as the lost souls of the police workforce who cannot find redemption or peace!

photo by Olivier Bousquet

All in all I had a great time and overcame lots of different technical challenges while producing this mini mural. My creative process went along these lines: design with digital art making app on a tablet with photo references; project the design life-sized on the wall with a digital projector at night, and trace it; mix weird water-based latex paints together; search the town for brighter pigmented paints; repaint; body ache. It took me 5 days.

There were great contributions by other artists that you can see below and on the Instagram account of Canettes de ruelle. I was especially glad to see an important proportion of women participating and taking up major space.

photo by Olivier Bousquet
photo by Olivier Bousquet
photo by Olivier Bousquet

I finished off my contribution with a typical wheatpaste piece of a femme bloc and some extra fireweed

photo by Olivier Bousquet

You can check out the Coalition calling for the defunding of the Montreal police service at defundthespvm.com

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Ecology & AnimalsInspirationPolice & Prisons

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