An interesting idea from a Montreal subway rider to have street artists paint the tunnels. I agree!
The other day I took the metro, which doesn’t happen very often because I live very close to work.
I was staring out the window, trying not to make eye contact with people’s reflections (just metro things) when I had a crazy thought.
We paint massive murals every year in Montreal for MuralFest, but most people never get to see them unless you live in those neighborhoods.
But if you’re going to paint murals, then why not paint them on the walls that are seen by the most amount of people?
I’m talking about those long boring grey tunnel walls in the montreal metro system.
Think about it, we decorate the hell out of our stations, but we never actually bother with the tunnels. And why not? Any street artist who would paint a mural in the tunnel would automatically have the most admired mural in the city. It seems crazy that we HAVEN’T done this yet.
And I know what you’re thinking.
The metro zips by too fast to be able to look at the murals, but you’re wrong.
First of all, if we wanted to paint classic murals like the ones we have all over the city, we could just put those at the start and at the end of the tunnels so you can see them as the train takes off and you can also admire them while standing on the platform.
As for the rest of the tunnels, I’ve thought of a few solutions.