Réseau express métropolitain (REM)

Using creativity & art to transform construction hoardings into a canvas

Quebec’s biggest public transit project uses art to make their sites more appealing

Public Art

Creative Consulting

Production Management - Cultural Programming - Anti-graffiti Solution

Using creativity & art to transform construction hoardings into a canvas | MASSIVart - Creative Consulting

The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) is the biggest infrastructure project in Quebec in the last 50 years. A 67-km integrated public transit network of 26 stations will link downtown Montréal, the universities, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore and Montréal–Trudeau airport through a fully automated, electric light rail system.

One of Canada’s biggest investment funds led the public transportation project: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and its CDPQ Infra subsidiary.

Making construction sites more enjoyable and appealing for the community

The construction site of the future McGill REM station, situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, was the target of a lot of graffiti on its construction hoardings (the wooden walls that surround the site). To minimize the impact on Montrealers, CDPQ Infra selected MASSIVart on this multi-phased project to enhance graffiti-covered hoardings with an impactful and engaging art installation.

In collaboration with the CDPQ Infra’s team, we developed a turnkey solution to revitalize the worksite, using creativity and art to transform the hoardings into a programmable canvas, evolving each season. With a northern theme, the hoardings first took on a boreal forest look during the winter and we are now making room for the fauna and flora of Quebec with a colourful concept, created in collaboration with La Camaraderie. More phases are coming in the upcoming months!

A unique pedestrian experience has been created. The hoardings are not just physical barriers but the current works create connections between the REM’s project and the passers-by, through relevant artistic interventions. MASSIVart is proud to have collaborated on this project reflecting the sustainability of the REM’s infrastructure project as a whole.