Lemay’s St-Henri office was the site of festivities last Sunday, June 18, as it hosted the inauguration of the mural “Le Phénix des droits humains” (The Phoenix of Human Rights) by renowned Japanese Canadian artist Taka Sudo.
The event brought together ambassadors for the cause of human rights, including community activists Heidi Yane and her daughter Megan, who came up with the idea for the project and drove its development. The unveiling was hosted by Ian Hamilton, executive director of Equitas, a foundation promoting the advancement of equality, social justice and respect for human dignity around the world.
Special guests, whose fundamental rights had been flouted, were invited to share their experiences, and supported the mural’s message by adding their own colourful handprints to it.
The work of art aims to raise public awareness of the importance of human rights with a symbolic phoenix: a powerful bird that has been reborn and has risen from its ashes.
A part of Lemay’s 60th anniversary celebrations, this artistic initiative is also a legacy for Montreal’s southwest borough, where Lemay has worked since the 1970s.
“Lemay is honoured to support the incredible talent of artist Taka Sudo as well as Heidi’s initiative, while at the same time providing visibility to a cause that demands our constant attention,” said Louis T. Lemay, president and excellence facilitator.
The spectacular mural now adorns the façade of Lemay’s office at 3500 Saint-Jacques St., outside Lionel-Groulx metro station at the corner of Saint-Jacques and Greene streets. Its colourful triumph is worth a detour!