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Linda Covit

Caesura

1991
Presentation of the artwork
On the ground, a spiral resembling that in the game Snakes and Ladders is adorned with hollowed bronze plates on which are reproduced the silhouettes of war toys cast in bronze. The toys have been put into a concrete sarcophagus buried underground – a gesture that is transformed into an opening to peace, symbolized by two metal walls crossing the spiral. Between the two walls, a passage opens, leading to a row of benches at one end and a small Japanese-inspired garden on the other end; each offers a space of tranquillity and intimacy where people can explore their individuality and find serenity.

In 1991 and 1992, some of the toys cast in bronze were replaced with granite plaques on the artist’s initiative.
Associated events
In 1988, children in the Montréal region made a symbolic gesture: they gave away some 12,700 war toys to be transformed into a monument dedicated to peace. The project, launched by a group called Pacijou, was produced jointly with the Comité régional intersyndical de Montréal. The toys given to the Ville de Montréal in the fall of 1988 gave rise to the city’s decision to have the artwork erected in Jarry Park. The monument is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese human rights and civil liberties leader, and to all people engaged in a search for peace.
Linda Covit
Since 1975, Linda Covit has created numerous art interventions presented in Canada and abroad. Her artworks address issues of nature, the environment, and peace. Water Garden, integrated with the Water Centre building in Calgary, and Shangri La Stripe Room, at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas, are among her most recent creations.
Awards and honours
  • Prix d’Hydro-Québec, Florexpo, 1988
  • Jardins québécois, pour sa sculpture Un ailleurs lointain., 1988
  • Prix aménagement, Les Arts et la Ville et Télé-Québec, pour Give Peace a Chance, 2012
Detail
Variation of title
Œuvre pour la paix
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Installation
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1991
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal (competition by public notice)
Accession date
July 7 1991
Technique(s)
Cast bronze; welding; poured concrete; dressing; polishing.
Materials
Granite; Rivière-à-Pierre stone; bronze; concrete, brass; stainless steel; shrubs
General dimensions
500 x 1100 x 1450 cm
Manufacturer
  • Pornaro, Aldo / A. Pornaro Construction inc.
  • Navia, Alejandria
  • Métatechno inc.
  • Arts et techniques de la pierre taillée inc.
Caesura
Borough
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Park
Parc Jarry