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Ville de Montréal

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Charles Daudelin


Presentation of the artwork
The fountain installed in front of the Saint-Laurent Library, at the corner of Rue de l’Église and Rue Saint-Germain, is in the form of a truncated, fragmented rock. Water and light spring through seven bronze plaques. The surface of the main piece is slightly textured, showing the traces of its fabrication.

Cailloudo is integrated with a landscape designed by the architect Jacques Garand. From the paved hillock serving as a pool, water in the overflow pipe flows into a gutter and runs gently under a concrete disk on which are six seats also created by Daudelin.

The natural, plain, discreet ovoid form of the sculpture does not act as a monument imposed on the space. Rather, it is the central piece of an environment that appeals to calm and introspection, at the same time extending the peaceful ambience of the library beyond its walls.
Associated events
The work was created during Sculpture: Séduction 90, an event that took place in 16 Montréal Urban Community parks from 15 June to 30 September 1990. Organized by the Conseil de la sculpture du Québec, its goal was to present “a permanent itinerary of large-format sculptures integrated with the environment of municipal parks.”
Charles Daudelin
Born in Granby, Charles Daudelin took Paul-Émile Borduas’s advice to move to Montréal, where he took courses at the École du meuble from 1939 to 1943. Elected a member of the Contemporary Arts Society in 1941, he lived in New York and then in Paris, where he attended Fernand Léger’s studio. Teaching at the École des beaux arts de Montréal, Daudelin created the “integrated art” section there in 1963. Among his most prestigious accomplishments in integration art are the altarpiece in the Sacred Heart chapel at the Notre-Dame basilica and the sculpture-fountain Embâcle at Place du Québec in Paris.
Awards and honours
  • Grand Montréalais 94, 1995
  • Médaille de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 1992
  • Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, 1985
  • Prix Philippe-Hébert de la Société Saint-Jean Baptiste de Montréal, 1981
  • Médaille des arts connexes de l'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada, 1973
  • Membre de l'Académie royal des arts du Canada, 1972
  • Bourse Lych-Staunton du Conseil des arts du Canada, 1972
  • Prix de sculpture de la Province de Québec, 1964
  • Boursier du Gouvernement Français à Paris, 1946-48
  • Prix de peinture de la Province de Québec, 1946
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Accession date
January 16, 1990
Cast; assembled
Bronze, light
General dimensions
132 x 425 x 760 cm
  • Artcast Foundry
Bibliothèque de Saint-Laurent
Civic address
1380, rue de l'Église, Montréal (QC) H4L 2H2