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Ville de Montréal

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Vittorio Fiorucci

L'eau et la santé

Presentation of the artwork
The large mural was produced in a simple, comic-like style. It features the character of Victor, a small winged devil. In this scene, Victor “plays” three different characters using a lake as a swimming spot.

The mural falls within the artist’s repertoire of comics in which he always featured his famous winged character, which later became the mascot of the Just For Laughs Festival.
Associated events
The artwork was integrated with the Charles-J.-Des Baillets filtration plant when it was built.
Vittorio Fiorucci
Born to Italian parents in Yugoslavia, Vittorio Fiorucci arrived in Montréal at the age of 19 and became friends with many local artists, including Guido Molinari, Jean-Paul Mousseau, and Armand Vaillancourt. By turns illustrator, graphic designer, writer, caricaturist, photographer, set designer, cartoonist, publisher, and sculptor, he is known mainly for his illustrations and is among the best-known Canadian poster artists on the international scene. One of his cartoon characters became the famous Just for Laughs Festival mascot, Victor.
Awards and honours
  • Élu membre honoraire, Société des designers graphiques du Québec, 2008
  • Prix Sam-Lapointe, Institut de Design Montréal, 2001
  • Prix Hommage CAPIC, Association canadienne des photographes et des illustrateurs en communications., 2000
  • Prix Mobius, International Advertising Awards de Chicago, 1998
  • Prix de mérite, 10th Lathi Poster Biennal, Finlande, 1981
  • Prix d'excellence, Pavillon de l'humour, Terre des Hommes, 1980
  • Prix Excellence, Toronto Art Director's Club Exhibition, 1979
  • Premier prix "Best of Show", Deuxième Prix "Best of Design" et Prix de mérite, Chigago'78 Graphic Art Exhibition., 1978
  • Prix d'excellence, Médaille d'or et Prix de mérite exceptionnel, Grafica., 1967
  • Premier prix, Czech International Poster Contest, 1964
Fine Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Commission from the artist
General dimensions
274,5 x 812 cm
  • Paint
  • Bilodeau, Rémi
L'eau et la santé
Usine de filtration Charles-J. des Baillets
Civic address
8585, Boulevard De La Vérendrye, LaSalle, Québec, H8N 2K2