Ever since the tags and graffiti prevention and support program was introduced, complaints about illegal tags and graffiti have dropped by more than 60%!
Ville de Gatineau, through its Tags and Graffiti Prevention and Support Program, and the Société de transport de l'Outaouais would like to produce a 3,000 m2 permanent outdoor mural in celebration of graffiti as urban art.
To produce this work, which will cover part of the wall along the access ramp from boulevard des Allumettières and rue Montcalm, Gatineau will hire five or six young graffiti artists, mostly from Gatineau, who would work under the direction of the city's youth programs coordinator.
Graffiti artists who are interested in this contest should send their application (curriculum vitae, letter of introduction and photos of works completed) before 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013.
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Ville de Gatineau
Service des loisirs, des sports et du développement des communautés
Division qualité de vie et développement communautaire
Att'n Marie-Noële St-Pierre
PO BOX 1970, STN Hull
Gatineau QC J8X 3Y9
The work should begin in May 2013, and be completed within a few months, by July. Information: 819-243-2345, extension 2445.
The introduction of the tags and graffiti prevention and support program in 2001 to combat graffiti vandalism led to the construction of approved graffiti walls. This measure meant that 50 surfaces (walls and tunnels) spread out across 29 sites became available to anyone wishing to indulge in graffiti.
Five frescoes have been painted since 2009 under the tags and graffiti prevention and support program. Aside from promoting the beauty of this urban art form, the fresco serves a number of other objectives, such as embellishing the neighbourhood and increasing the sense of belonging of residents.
Au marché is a permanent urban art piece that was created in April 2012 on a fence at the Marché Notre-Dame (Gatineau sector). It is 2.44 m high and 25 m wide, and depicts the theme of fruits and vegetables. This frescoe was prepared by graffiti artists Lukasz Bober, Gabriel Côté, Marin Mitrasinovic, Patrick Moss, Marc-André Perron and Jean-Claude Savard.
The permanent urban art piece entitled Ici, au rythme des saisons was created in April 2012 on an outside wall of the aréna Frank-Robinson (Aylmer sector). It is 2.44 m high and 14.63 m wide. Given that it was made on a structure, and not directly on the arena wall, additional panels may be added later. Its title evokes life, guided by the rhythm of nature, in a place where people feel at home. Lukasz Bober, Gabriel Côté and Marc-André Perron had the pleasure of creating it.
This permanent urban art installation was made in September 2011 by Jonathan Barbier (Montréal), Lukasz Bober (Gatineau), Maxime Haineault (Gatineau), Xavier Lapointe (Québec), Patrick Moss (Gatineau), Marc-André Perron (Gatineau) and Julien Querry (Gatineau). Its theme is water sports, and it measures 8.6 m in height and 9.8 m in width. It is called Demain, in reference to the wish of graffiti artists to leave a message of hope about the future for young people visiting the sports centre.
A permanent urban art work painted by four young graffiti artists, under the guidance of a well-known mural artist and with the support and collaboration of a committee made up of representatives of the Commission jeunesse, L'Avenue des jeunes, L'Alternative Outaouais, a restorative justice organization, different municipal departments, a Gatineau resident and an elected official. The fresco was painted on rue St-Rédempteur (Hull sector) on a retaining wall measuring 70 m in length and 6.1 m in height.Aside from the challenges presented by the height of the wall and the fact that it was at the top of a slope, the other factor that had to be addressed was getting the local community on board. This was essential in order to ensure a design and an artistic concept that everyone could endorse.
A temporary artwork painted by four young graffiti artists. The group benefited from the guidance provided by Gatineau's Commission jeunesse, its Direction générale and a construction company. This work of art was painted on the security wall surrounding a 1,372 square metres construction site at the intersection of rue Kent and rue Victoria (Hull sector).The purpose of this fresco was to embellish an urban landscape that had been completely disfigured by a construction site, and to eliminate the recurring problem of tags and graffiti vandalism. Producing this immense work of art within a relatively short period of time before the winter cold set in was no small challenge.
Mobiles surfaces are provided to organizations that wish to use them for graffiti workshops. These sessions are taught by young graffiti artists who not only get to display their talent but also get to introduce young people to this form of artistic expression in an entirely legal manner. The mobile surfaces are also used for block parties, festivals and other public events organized by Gatineau.
The graffiti artists should dispose of their aerosol paint cans at the Gatineau ecocentre.