AShop is an artist collective specializing in urban arts, artistic event activations and muralism. The primary objective is to produce large scale public art that speaks and appeals to the population while communicating the artistic direction of each of the participating creatives. While each member of the group has a unique artistic journey, they come together through their passion for urban beautification. This cooperative spirit generates an exceptional artistic atmosphere, which is the basis of their creative process. Each project is approached as a custom collaboration between all members, from conceptualization to final execution, with everyone bringing their ideas, styles, techniques, and experience. It is this collaborative process that makes each tailor-made creation a direct expression of the members of the collective, and the result is innovative projects, dynamic, authentic and reflective of the community and context that they are presented within.
This mural was painted as a hommage to the Cote-Des-Neiges neighborhood. As a ode to this vibrant area’s name, huge snowflakes decorate the background of the mural. A graceful woman, symbolizing the guardian of time and the winter season, holds a snow globe which contains architectural references to the area, such as the St. Joseph observatory and the Université de Montreal. The squirrel, a resourceful local critter, reminds us that in times of cold it is better to stock up on supplies. After all, the future is in our hands, just like the snow globe nestled in our guardians icy palms. The mural was designed and executed by : Dodo Ose, Earth Crusher and Zek One.