Omnipac building

What better way to end 2014 than by dedicating the final installment of the year in Wall2wallMTL’s open-air gallery series to the Omnipac building (corner Van Horne and Parc) which was just demolished after having been left abandoned for many years. There were plans to turn it into an office building, but it appears those plans were scrapped as the lot where it stood is now empty.

Since it was closed many years ago, the 4-storey (plus basement and rooftop) building became the playground of graffiti writers. Fences were put up around it, but getting inside was never really difficult. Hence, over the years the best (as well as the not-that-great) Montreal graffiti artists have left their marks on its walls and columns.

A selection of pieces from the last five years can be viewed in the gallery below, but hundreds more can be found through Google/Images with keywords ‘Omnipac’ and ‘graffiti’. A few links to blogs covering this open-air gallery are also mentioned within the gallery below.

Le dernier article de 2014 dans la série consacrée aux galeries à ciel ouvert de Montréal traite d’une des disparitions l’année, l’édifice Omnipac situé au coin de la rue Van Horne et de l’avenue du Parc. L’édifice en question, abandonné depuis plusieurs années, devait être rénové pour en faire un édifice à bureaux, mais ces plans ont dus être abandonnés puisqu’il a complètement été démoli à la fin de l’automne.

Après sa fermeture, les quatre étages (plus sous-sol et toit) de l’Omnipac sont rapidement devenus le terrain de jeu des graffeurs. Des clotures ont été érigées tout autour de l’édifice pour en décourager l’accès, mais ceci n’a jamais arrêté plusieurs des plus meilleurs (et des moins bons) graffeurs de Montréal d’y laisser leur marque sur les murs et colonnes de béton.

Une sélection de pièces produites au cours des cinq dernières années est présentée dans la gallerie-photo ci-dessous, mais des centaines peuvent être trouvées via Google/Images avec les mots-clés ‘Omnipac’ et ‘graffiti’. Quelques liens vers d’autres articles consacrés à cette gallerie à ciel ouvert sont aussi donnés dans la galerie ci-dessous.


The building at its most decrepit, in the summer of 2014.

The beginning of demolition, autumn 2014.

After demolition, December 2014.

Inside looking out looking in.

At the top: Kor from HoarKor aka HRKR. Photo © HoarKor.

Lyfer representing the 203 Crew.

Skizo

Miow

Right: unidentified artist. The piece in the photo on the left is the continuity of the Miow one above it in this gallery.

Racks

Habit

SBU One on the roof.

A blog post on the making of this piece by Stela was published at Citizen Erased. Photo © Kathryn Luna.

See above. Nothing lasts forever. Work over Stela’s is by Hary.

Pieces by More, House and Kidrok.

Throw by Seven over a piece by unknown artist.

Painted floor piece by Swarm. Photo © Swarm.

Painted piece by Swarm. Photo © Swarm.

Two painted pieces by Swarm. Photo © Swarm.

Graffiti by Curse and a bit of tagging.

Pieces by unknown artists

Pnda

Installation made of gold-painted used spraycans, by Crack.

Mr Chose aka Easytha3rd aka Easytrois.

Unidentified artist on the outside wall.


The next 7 photos were nicked from a blog post dedicated to the Omnipac building. Photos © Kris Murray 2010. Click on latter link for many many more.

Omen

Koal

Nixon

Nixon

Stela

Stela

Hirok

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