Last June, the Public Art Bureau of Montréal launched a major competition addressed to professional artists for the creation of a sculpture or installation to be located in the Outremont Summit park, in compliance with the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.
The artwork, composed of one or more elements, will be installed on the promontory overlooking the Université de Montréal, which offers a panoramic view of the northern part of Montréal and the Laurentian Mountains. The artwork will dialogue with its environment by presenting an experience that calls upon the senses and encourages people to pause. Visible from several points of view, the artwork may be admired as a significant object and will confirm the identity of the park. In order to respond to the landscape issues specific to the project, the artists participating in the competition were required to work with a landscape artist.
The five finalist teams for this major competition are:
- Linda Covit, visual artist; Bao-Chau Nguyen, landscape architect; Fahey et associés; and Maxime Moreau, architect, Architecture Open Form;
- Rose-Marie Goulet, visual artist; Peter Soland, landscape artist, civiliti; and Isabelle Dupras, landscape architect, Horticulture Indigo;
- Francine Larivée, visual artist, and Marie-Claude Robert, landscape architect;
- La Société des archives affectives (collective composed of artists Fiona Annis, Véronique La Perrière, and Nadia Myre) and Malaka Ackaoui, landscape architect, WAA Montréal;
- Yannick Pouliot, visual artist, and Virginie Hébert, landscape architect
The winning team will be announced in April 2016; work will begin in May 2016 and end in the fall of 2017.
This project falls within the context of creation of the Mount Royal belt road: a ten-kilometre path for pedestrians and cyclists that provides access to landscapes and sites of interest, which will be opened gradually starting in 2016. It is funded under the Entente 2012-2015 sur le développement culturel de Montréal. Its implementation is directed by the Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du mont Royal and the Public Art Bureau of the Ville de Montréal, which is managing the competition process and production of the artwork, which it will also maintain through the years.