How do you fight graffiti in Montreal? Paint a mural of Leonard Cohen
Deborah Teman’s garage door was constantly being tagged, until an artist painted Cohen’s portrait on it
Deborah Teman was fed up with continually having to clean graffiti off her garage door.
Situated in a back alley, near the intersection of Laurier and Durocher avenues, Teman would often wake up in the morning to find the black garage door covered in spray paint.
"We had nasty graffiti on the door, and it looked terrible."
One of her neighbours, artist JF LeBlanc, came up with a creative solution — paint a mural of a famous Montrealer on the garage door.
Teman, who was born in Paris but now lives in Montreal, is a big fan of the singer-songwriter and poet.
"For me, he's the true Montrealer."
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"I decided to paint it in gold because he's the man with the golden voice," LeBlanc said.
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Ever since the garage door was given a new look with Cohen's portrait, the graffiti has stopped.
"I didn't expect it to be that good!"
LeBlanc is now getting knocks on his door from other neighbours who are eager to share their thoughts and also want to know if maybe they can get a mural on their own garage doors.
"One woman came up and said, 'He's my favourite artist.' I was pretty touched by that," LeBlanc said. "The reaction of the people is pretty great."
With files from CBC's Jay Turnbull