Saint-Laurent, September 13, 2017– L'envol, created by Dodo Ose, is the title of Saint-Laurent's most recent mural. Located opposite Place Rodolphe-Rousseau, the Borough's new public square, this work of art enhances the wall of the Décarie hot dog restaurant on boulevard Décarie. The informal gathering of members of Saint-Laurent's Borough Council and the Vriniotis family, the owners of this restaurant, provided an opportunity for everyone to admire the colourful creation. The Council members then expressed their congratulations to artist Dodo Ose of A-shop for this work of art that he had created there this past summer.
With this mural created through Saint-Laurent's support, this graffiti-artist is offering his vision of a public work of art. The inspiration for L'Envol is drawn from Greek mythology, with Dodo Ose's allegory focusing on a combination of the myths of Pheme, Pegasus and Arion. In Greek mythology, Pheme was the personification of fame and renown, while the horses to be tamed represent Pegasus and Arion—or creativity and inspiration. The movement evoked in this work of art moreover illustrates Saint-Laurent's rapid development as well as its demographic, economic and cultural vitality. In addition, the Greek origins of the Vriniotis family, who were involved in the choice of the theme, are also reflected in this mural.
This is the third mural in Saint-Laurent's cultural quarter, joining Engloutie, by Rafael Sottolichio, which was created on a brick wall located on rue du Collège, near parc Beaudet, and All it takes is a little heart, by OMEN, at the corner of rue Beaudet and boulevard Décarie.
"As announced in our first cultural development plan for 2018-2021, tabled last August, the Borough's Administration would like to offer residents an overall cultural experience. Boulevard Décarie is a major artery where many people pass or work. By adding another mural in the cultural quarter, Saint-Laurent is confirming its intention to place arts and culture in the very midst of residents' everyday life. I am therefore delighted to welcome this L'envol mural, which truly embellishes the urban landscape," stated Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa.