Is this graffiti or is this street art in Quebec City? I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We stumbled upon this artistic display beneath a highway overpass while walking down Rue Saint-Vallier Est. Personally, I find huge masses of concrete to look quite ugly, so I rather enjoyed the bright pops of colour tattooed all over the barriers and posts. The highway ceiling above provided a reprieve from the morning rain as we explored the images painted all around us. In this area of Lower Town, the highway barrier divides Vieux-Quebec and the Saint-Roch neighbourhood, a place with industrial and working class roots. Saint-Roch is a recently revitalized area where the hip, younger generation live and work. It’s where old factories have been renovated into avant-garde art studios, coffee shops, and indie boutiques. Perhaps this giant concrete divide marks an entrance from old to new, where giant structures of the industrial age have been reclaimed by creative minds. Regardless of the intention, I’m glad that we discovered this spot. It showed an expressive side that sharply contrasted the clean, historic town of Quebec we had viewed until that point. We love visiting historic sites and the touristy spots of a city, but it’s also great when you can witness something not only artistic, but more personal.
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