February 9, 2016 5:29 pm
Updated: February 12, 2016 3:58 pm

Price tag for Pointe-Claire’s new mural upsets residents

WATCH ABOVE: In an attempt to revitalize and beautify the city, Pointe-Claire has put out a call for artists to submit ideas for new and interesting mural designs. Global's Gloria Henriquez reports.

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POINTE-CLAIRE – Mayor Morris Trudeau is planning to bring a little more colour to Valois.

“The mural in Valois created a lot of excitement and I’m sure it will do the same thing in our village,” Trudeau said.

After what he calls a successful pilot project at the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club, the city has put out a call for artists to submit their concepts for a mural that will replace the grey concrete wall in the Valois train station.

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“We have a few murals in the city, they attract a lot of attention and they tend to keep graffiti off of those particular buildings,” Trudeau explained.

“We think that will improve the situation in Valois.”

READ MORE: Pointe-Claire council candidates calling for a Valois facelift

The theme is transportation and the design should reflect Pointe-Claire’s history and even a glimpse of its future.

“You can imagine trains and a motorcycle and people,” Valois resident Jerry Marshall said, while pointing at the empty grey wall.

“Motorcycling should be part of the theme of transportation,” he added.

“I think a mural is much nicer than a grey wall,” Susan Weaver said.

The grey concrete wall is soon to be replaced by a new transportation-themed mural that reflects Pointe-Claire’s history and future. February 9, 2016.

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Others like Paul Bassily, a business owner from across the train station, are turned off by the $15,000 to $25,000 price tag.

“I think that when you look at the streets with the cracks right there, you might want to repair the cracks on the street before you start putting murals,” Bassily said.

“$25,000 is a lot, especially since it’s just one mural, they could probably lower it,” Taylor Yankowski said.

Regardless, Trudeau insisted beautifying Valois is worth the investment.

In fact, this is not the only project of its kind in the works.

“You’ll probably see a mural every two years in Pointe-Claire for the next few years,” Trudeau said.

“Because of the success we’ve had and the compliments we’ve received from the public.”

The call for artists closes March 6, 2016.

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