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BIXI Montréal is transforming 50 bikes into works of art and is announcing a record-breaking start

The public is invited to come admire the artwork of 5 Montreal artists on BIXI bikes at the MURAL Festival to celebrate 50 million BIXI trips to date and an exceptional start to the 2022 season.

PHOTO: BIXI Montréal

Talent and transportation will collide this summer, as BIXI Montréal is celebrating the artworks showcased in the 2022 Mural Festival by collaborating with 5 talented artists.

The artists participating in the Festival, which runs from June 9 to 19, are creating 50 customized BIXI bikes to celebrate the 50 million BIXI trips taken since 2009.

"We are currently having an extraordinary kick off to the season with several new records being hit, in terms of both the number of monthly and daily trips being taken and the number of active members. We would like to invite the public to come celebrate with us at the MURAL Festival, where superb BIXI works of art will be on display, or to borrow one of these beautifully creative bikes designed by local talent during the 2022 season," added Christian Vermette, CEO of BIXI Montréal.

Five of these collector BIXI bikes will be on display during the MURAL Festival, at the corner of Prince-Arthur and Saint-Laurent Streets. As for the other 45 unique collector bikes, they can be ridden in the city throughout the season, and BIXISTs will even be able to use them for the trips proposed by MURAL that highlight local art and culture.

"BIXI Montréal is so excited to be participating in this colourful festival by encouraging local talent to share the excitement throughout the city streets!" said Pierre-Luc Marier, Integrated Marketing and Sales Manager at BIXI Montréal.

Here are the 5 Montreal artists who were invited by both BIXI Montréal and the MURAL Festival to unleash their artistic genius onto the BIXI bikes. Each one was given the mission to design a collection of 10 bikes, including a work of art.

PHOTO: BIXI Montréal

Mono Sourcil (top center) is a Montreal muralist. Other than street art, she also does painting, sculptures, installations and performing arts. She is known for her imaginary characters that decorate Montreal city streets.

Chien Champion (bottom left) is a Montreal illustrator who specializes in the creation of colourful universes. His imagination leads him to create fantasy-inspired living scenes. He describes himself as a spontaneous, curious artist that's always on the move.

Zephyr (top right) is a painter and designer originally from Toronto. His art reflects the urban environment around him. He uses techniques inspired by street art, such as airbrushing and the use of industrial materials.

La Charbonne (top left) is a Montreal muralist, illustrator and designer. Inspired by the 90s, she creates a colourful visual universe with funky motifs and bubbly shapes. She shares her happy view of the world through her art.

Aless MC (bottom right) is a multidisciplinary visual artist who does both murals and illustrations. She creates visual works of art by combining shapes, symbols and colours and using different creative techniques.

"We are extremely proud to be celebrating our 10th year with a partner like BIXI Montréal. With an emphasis on the international contemporary street art movement in the city, the MURAL Festival will be a unique opportunity this year for visitors and the international art community to discover BIXI's major contribution to the Montreal landscape and the vitality of the city," added Pierre-Alain Benoit, general manager of the MURAL Festival.



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