The week-long mural event Festival Inspire recently took over Moncton, Canada, adding 31 new murals to the city. The festival used both internationally known and local artists to create works on varied backdrops throughout the region. Among the names include were Canada’s BirdO, Bordallo II of Portugal, Etien, Jon Fox, Jose di Gregorio, and several others.
The festival’s website offers insight into its mission: “Dynamic murals replace dull walls that were subject to vandalism or ‘tagging’, neglect or despair. Everything is created in high traffic, high visibility areas to be experienced by the largest audience possible, and in derelict or vacant urban spaces for the purpose of reactivating those spaces. By creating a collaboration between local businesses, artists, community organizations and residents, the organization offers long lasting character, energy and beauty, economic growth and prosperity to the City.”
You can find a map of the new murals on the event’s website. Festival Inspire notes that the average lifespan of each mural is 9 to 12 years.
Jose di Gregorio