June 17, 2022
For 5 days in November 2020, a home in Sainte-Marie, Québec, recognized all of its residents and neighbors on Saint Louis Avenue. Antoine Audet, Maude Faucher, James Audet… the listing included a whole bunch of names inked on strips of white paper and pasted to the clapboards.
The ephemeral design was the challenge of Louis Gagnon, artistic director of the Montréal-based studio Paprika who lived in the home as a little one and wished to honor its tenants and mates earlier than it was demolished. Back in 2019, major flooding swamped the metropolis, and the authorities required that the most broken residences be razed. 283 Saint Louis was one of almost 60 to be torn down that summer time.
At the time, 93-year-old Béatrice Vachon had been dwelling in the home for almost seven a long time. “She hoped to spend her twilight years at the same address,” the studio mentioned. “Sainte-Marie is the kind of tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone, from one generation to the next. Here, neighbors saw children being born and growing up; and neighbors helping each other was simply a common practice. Very few people have ever walked away.”
As the metropolis ready for such life-altering change, Gagnon reached out to his sisters to assist bear in mind former residents, frequent guests, and others with ties to the neighborhood. Before printing the names, he tweaked an current font to replicate the ornamental architectural particulars, and many of the letters function curved thrives with higher factors evocative of these on the entrance porch columns.
One photograph of 283 Saint-Louis simply earlier than it was leveled reveals Vachon standing outdoors her residence plastered with the typographic tribute. “As darkness arrives, the house stands before its imminent destruction, bearing witness to a life of stories and memories,” Gagnon mentioned. “A last hommage. An act of resilience.”
For extra photographs and video from the demolition web site, go to Paprika’s Behance.
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