New Art Trend: the Decal


Whenever I have the opportunity, I bike through the Champs des possibles. Not only do I have the chance to smell the wild flowers and check out the beekeeping station, but I can also see if there is any new graffiti or tags. Although this work is not always the best, it usually gives the area a burst of colour that is so badly needed against the 70s-styled cement factories. On the large wall facing the railroad tracks is a spot where aspiring artists practise before actually going out into the streets, and the art on this wall changes fairly often.

Notre Père
A few weeks ago, I noticed a new medium being used--large-scale decals. I saw a fair bit of this on the ramp leading up to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Although I originally thought this was one piece, I took a closer look to discover that it was made up of 8 panels. Was this originally meant to be on a billboard? What makes it better than spray paint is its impermanence--it eventually just peels off. As you can see, the queen's crown in the top left-hand corner has already started to come down.

I was also intrigued by the lettering, and from where I was standing, it looked like there was some netting around the letters. As I got closer I could see that this was just a new style of tagging. Then I noticed a strange verse in the far left-hand corner. Upon closer examination, I realized that someone had written the Lord's Prayer in French.

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SSecord | September 26, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Wouldn't decal art be (relatively) expensive/complicated to do, compared with plain old paint?

Heather | September 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I have no idea. I was wondering where someone could print something that big. Another tricky part, how did they manage to stick it to a dusty cement wall? This would be like putting up industrial-sized wallpaper and could be a frustrating endeavor and result in myriad expletives.

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