WATCH: A year after his death, Leonard Cohen looms large over Crescent St.
A massive mural of Leonard Cohen had its official dedication today, exactly one year after the death of the iconic Montreal singer/poet.
The 11,000 square foot mural of a slightly smiling Cohen wearing a fedora and a blazer, his right hand over his heart, towers over Crescent Street on a 21-storey building.
It took American artist El Mec and Montreal artist Gene Pendon plus a crew of 13 ten weeks — 2000 hours — to create the image from a 2008 photo taken by Cohen's daughter Lorca who was on hand for the dedication at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The backdrop features two intertwined hearts created by Cohen for his book of psalms and hymns, Book of Mercy.
Also on hand for the event were legendary concert promoter Rubin Fogel and Cohen's ex-manager Robert Kory.
The mural is part of a series being created by non-profit group MU that promotes urban community murals. This is MU's 100th mural.