In this mural created by Annie Hamel, embroidery, draped fabrics and motifs from here and abroad create a fantastical landscape that highlights the cultural diversity of the Parc-Extension borough, which many residents consider a new homeland. The fabrics from Quebec, England, Greece, Hungary, Guatemala, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Haiti and India, amongst others, express the rich cultural mix of the past and current Parc-Ex population. As in a quilt, the motifs come together to create a unique blend, representative of the neighborhood and its residents. The mural was created as part of the borough’s centennial celebrations. The project is part of a long-term partnership with the borough administration, which sees mural arts as an important tool in the revitalization and beautification of the area. A series of mural arts workshops were offered to youths aged 13 to 17 in collaboration with PEYO (Parc-Extension Youth Organization).
Caroline Simard, Fannie Bertrand, Eve D’Amours, Elise Guilbault, Marc-André Jutras and Renaud Payant-Hébert assisted the artist throughout the completion of the mural.