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Ville de Montréal

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Andrew Lui

Les sons de la musique

Presentation of the artwork
The artwork, a bas-relief cast in pinkish-grey concrete, is situated in the heart of Chinatown, at the intersection of Saint-Urbain and De La Gauchetière streets. Horizontal in form, it is composed of 16 juxtaposed panels measuring a total of 228 cm in height and 1,584 cm in length.

The scene illustrated in the mural is drawn from Chinese mythology and portrays 14 young musicians entertaining a man, placed in the centre of the composition. The figures’ clothing and the wave motifs added to the grouping suggest movement.
Associated events
The mural was executed in 1984, under the aegis of the Chinatown revitalization program. Commissioned by the Ville de Montréal, it was the result of a design competition open to artists and architects of Montréal’s Chinese community.
Andrew Lui
Born in Canton, China, in 1951, Andrew Lui studied visual arts at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, then at the Acadamia Belle Arti and the British Institute in Florence, Italy. He completed his training with one year at the University of London, U.K. Since 1974, he has had regular exhibitions, mainly in Canada and the United States, but also in Europe and Asia. Known mainly for his oils and watercolours, Liu is represented in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Pallazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.
Awards and honours
  • 1970-1972, Bourse Chongshan, Hong Kong, 1970
  • 1970-1972, Bourse Bonan, Hong Kong, 1970
  • 1972-1975, Bourse Nora Vaughn, Toronto, 1972
  • 1976, Bourse du Ministère de la Culture et du Tourisme, Italie, 1976
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Cast; moulded
General dimensions
246 x 1344 x 108 cm
Les sons de la musique
De la Gauchetière