The awesome graffiti at College Saint-LaurentPosted: April 19, 2015
I was recently made aware of College Saint-Laurent (Cégep de Saint-Laurent), in the Saint-Laurent district of Montreal. Established in 1847 as a technical college, it offers numerous French-speaking courses predominantly in the arts and science fields.
A couple of Redditors tipped the college off to me as a potential place to visit for its washroom aesthetics. A gentleman who had studied there in the past claimed the toilet block was closed for a few years in the late 70’s; upon its reopening in 1981, the graffiti wars began. And as I soon discovered – it hasn’t ceased to this day.
I arrived at the campus late on a Saturday afternoon after visiting the nearby Saint Laurent Museum of Art. I wandered through the college halls and made my way into the cafeteria, where I spotted the sign leading to the washrooms.
I knew I’d be in for a treat when I entered this corridor just outside the lavatory doors:
As if that wasn’t mind-blowing enough, I opened the first of the (unsigned) washroom doors and found myself in the ladies room. Check it out!
Here’s a panorama of the ladies room stalls. The decades worth of graffiti layered on the walls was incredible to behold:
I took this pic for the Mumford & Sons lyrics, then later I noticed the … uh, egg…
Eventually I made my way next door to the mens room, which was equally as impressive:
These have gotta be some of the best graffitied washrooms in the world, let alone Canada. A huge ‘well done’ to the students of this college for keeping up the tradition over the years.