Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

My third solo trip to Montreal begins next week and I started thinking about things to do and see on this visit to one of my favorite cities of the world. Previously I have stayed at Montreal Central hostel which is next to the central bus station and near St Catherine Street – a great central location as the name implies. I stayed in the 4 bed female dorm twice as well as in my own private room during my first visit to Montreal. This trip I am stepping it up a bit by staying at the Hyatt Regency and The Ritz-Carlton – using my reward points for these stays – I’ll post more on that topic soon.

My first stroll along St Catherine Street I happened upon a temporary public art exhibit and an elaborate mural at the corner of Wolf and St Catherine Street. I made point of visiting again on my second trip to Montreal last summer. There was a new public art installation called Memory Gaps (Trous de memoires) – created by Paprika.

Memory Gaps ingo - public art installation on corner of St Catherine and Wolf Street Montreal Quebec

Memory Gaps info – public art installation created by Paprika

Memory Gaps art installation in Montreal Quebec - St Catherine and Wolf Street in central Montreal gay village

Memory Gaps art installation in Montreal Quebec

People had fun taking photos of Memory Gaps art installation on the corner of Ste-Catherine and Wolfe Streets in central Montreal Quebec

People had fun taking photos of Memory Gaps art installation

Montreal public art exhibit Memory Gaps - jette un oeil (take a look) was on display in 2013 at the corner of St Catherine and Wolfe in the gay village

Montreal public art exhibit Memory Gaps – jette un oeil (take a look)

Memory Gaps by Paprika was on display at St Catherine and Wolfe Streets in 2013

Memory Gaps by Paprika was on display at St Catherine and Wolfe Streets in 2013

Trous de mémoire (Memory Gaps) trous de mémoire (holes in memory) art installation at corner of Ste-Catherine and Wolfe in Montreal's Gay Village

Trous de mémoire (Memory Gaps) trous de mémoire (holes in memory)

Impasse - panel of the art installation Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire) in Montreal's Gay Village in central Montreal Quebec 2013

Impasse – panel of the art installation Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire)

Montreal Quebec art installation - panels of the exhibit Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire) in Montreal's Gay Village

Montreal Quebec art installation – panels of the exhibit Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire)

Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire) Serge Gainsbourg name on panel of art installation in Montreal's gay village

Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire) Serge Gainsbourg

Montreal Quebec - Memory Gaps art installation at St Catherine and Wolfe streets in 2013 - gay village district

Montreal Quebec – Memory Gaps art installation at St Catherine and Wolfe streets in 2013

Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire) Milan Kundera name on panel of art installation in Montreal's Gay Village in 2013

Memory Gaps (Trous de mémoire) Milan Kundera

Voir noir (see black) Memory Gaps art installation in Montreal 2013 - panels on display at corner of St Catherine and Wolfe streets

Voir noir (see black) Memory Gaps art installation in Montreal 2013

Panel from the art installation Memory Gaps - Montreal Quebec gay village

Panel from the art installation Memory Gaps – Montreal Quebec

Memory Gaps - (trous de mémoire) art installation by Paprika was on display in Montreal's gay village in 2013

Memory Gaps – (trous de mémoire) art installation by Paprika

Panels lit up at night - Memory Gaps (trous de mémoire) by Paprika in Montreal Quebec - gay village district

Panels lit up at night – Memory Gaps (trous de mémoire) in Montreal Quebec

Side-view of panels lit up at night at Memory Gaps (trous de mémoire) art installation - Montreal Quebec gay village

Side-view of panels at Memory Gaps (trous de mémoire) art installation – Montreal Quebec

I enjoyed this art installation because it is one that could be enjoyed daytime or night and it invites the viewer to investigate and even to crawl through some of the panels. From what i could see other people really enjoyed Memory Gaps as well.

I will visit St Catherine at Wolfe Street on my upcoming trip to Montreal to see what new art has emerged in the outdoor gallery and post photos soon.

What is your favorite public art exhibit or street art find?

About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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