In an residential section of Montreal,
below: A boy with a slingshot by mateo
below: Large mural of woman by Drew Merritt
below: “May an Old Song Open an Old Door” is a bright mural that catches your attention as you approach the entrance to Montreal’s Chinatown at Rene Levesque Blvd and St. Laurent. A woman holding a yellow lily stands between two red masks, one represents optimism for the future and the other represents nostalgia for a past left behind.
below: A close up of the opera singer in the center of the mural that was produced by MU and painted by Gene Pendon and Bryan Beyung in 2015. MU is an organization whose “mission is to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals that are anchored in local communities.”
below: A more traditional Chinese painting based on calligraphy
below: “Salut Gilles” by Benny Wilding, a tribute to F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve. Unfortunately, a lot of it has been tagged over including the painting of the racing car.
below: Serving up noodles with a giant ladle.
‘Eros & Psyche’ is a large mural painted by Greek artist insane51 as part of Montreal’s 2019 Mural Festival. It is designed to be viewed with 3D glasses. Painted in blues is the ‘exterior’ of a woman while the skeleton and brain are shown in reds.
In Greek mythology Psyche was the goddess of the soul and the wife of Eros, the god of love. Eros, also known as Cupid (in Latin, or Roman mythology), was the son of Aphrodite and he was always throwing arrows to people in order to hit their heart and make them fall in love. Psyche was the youngest daughter of a king; she was more beautiful than any goddess. The story of Eros and Psyche is long and a bit convoluted. It involves prophesies, happiness followed by betrayal and heart ache but of course it has a fairy tale ending, Psyche becomes immortal, and the couple live happily ever after.
The city of Amman is built on a series of hills, ridges, and valleys. Many of the streets in the central part of the city run parallel to each other with few streets connecting them because of the hills. The result is quite a few sets of stairs, often long and steep! One set of stairs, Al-Kalha Stairs (top part) and Jadal Stairs (bottom part), has some small shops and cafes. They connect downtown Amman with Jabal Al Weibdeh neighbourhhod. The walls on the side of the stairs have also been decorated with street art.
At the top of the stairs
below: A gold coloured face looks to the sky, by Batool Edais. 2018. It’s difficult to tell now, but on the right one boy is standing on the back of another boy.
below: Laila Hajri has painted someone reaching for a section of watermelon.
below: Mural by Wafa Asmar. The eyes, nose, and mouth on the girl were added after as were the black letters in blue swirl near the bottom (I rebel therefore I exist).
below: Lots of people have added their names along with a note or two.
below: By the book seller’s table
below: Portraits by Miramar Mohammad (Miramar Al Nayyar) 2016. Marcel Khalife, a Lebanese singer, composer, and oud player, is depicted on the left. The other portrait is of Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian author and poet.
Mig the robot stars in this Amman mural
Three murals of women seen in Amman that were painted by Suhaib Attar.
First is this multicoloured angel painted in 2014.
Second, the car is blocking part of the title, but I think that this one is called “Randa”. I am not sure who painted the portrait on the left.
And last, because of it’s height above street level, this large mural in central Amman can be seen from a long distance away. A bright blue canvas for a mural in celebration of World Children’s Day. The calligraphy was painted by Chaf (Chill as f)
There is a large mural by Lebanese artist Yazan Halwani covering the side of a building on Nadeem Al Mallah street in Amman. It was painted in 2016 from a mannequin wearing a folklore type costume.
Like a lot of Halwani’s work, the design relies on calligraphy & Arabic writing. It is meant as a statement about the mix of Jordanian and Lebanese cultures.
There is a mural on Ahmad bin Hanbal street that features a tall skinny woman in orange overalls
below: She’s got white (paper?) wings and a folded paper boat in her hand.
below: Watch out, not the best place to park! She’s about to stomp on the back window.
There are several faces on two murals on different walls, one older and one newer. First is a series of faces starting with this singing woman in a turban.
below: Several of the face were painted by Batool Edris
below: He has the whole city in his head – or overflowing from his head! (another two portraits by Batool Edris)
below: Speaking in Arabic
below: On the right is Edris’s portrait of Salvador Dali. On the other side of the orange gate is a cactus-headed person
The second mural is “Unity in Diversity” painted late in 2018 by @mahahindi_, Afnan Barqawi, and the Orenda Tribe (with support from the US Embassy).