Love on dis­play in down­town Sher­brooke

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Vis­i­ble for sev­eral days now on Welling­ton North, the new work by MURIRS hopes to lit­er­ally bring a wave of love to down­town Sher­brooke. With an im­mense heart at its cen­ter, the mural #Sher­bylove pays homage to a gen­er­a­tion that is ac­tive in mak­ing the heart of the city beat.

Pre­sented last year to the board of Des­ti­na­tion Sher­brooke, the artis­tic con­cept of this fif­teenth mural was ac­cepted unan­i­mously. With #Sher­bylove, the team of Serge Malen­fant has cre­ated a fresco that will mark, and change, the face of the city’s down­town. The ref­er­ence to the hash­tag #Sher­bylove was in­spired by the heart that rep­re­sents the mural. “Be­sides be­ing an in­te­gral part of the work, the name rep­re­sents the source of in­spi­ra­tion at the ori­gin of this ex­cep­tional mural. Through the vis­i­bil­ity of­fered by the in­ter­net and so­cial net­works, this mural will also have a life in the dig­i­tal world, in har­mony with the way of life of the young peo­ple of the ‘cen­tro’,” com­mented Serge Malen­fant, the pres­i­dent of MURIRS.

Sit­u­ated high on a build­ing on Welling­ton North, the new mural had sev­eral tech­ni­cal chal­lenges. Be­cause of the weak roof, a steel struc­ture had to be in­stalled to sup­port the scaf­fold­ing, and the wall had to be re­in­forced. To en­sure the safety of the site, the con­struc­tion cost went up from $200,000 to $319,000.

The new mural joins the Cir­cuit des mu­rals, a tourist prod­uct more and more in de­mand by visi­tors to Sher­brooke. Each year, there are more than 5000 re­quests for tourist in­for­ma­tion about the Cir­cuit.

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