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Miroslav Frederik Maler

Cheval à plume

Presentation of the artwork
The artwork Cheval à plume is situated in Parc René-Levesque. It is presented in frontal mode against the backdrop of Lake Saint-Louis. It sits on the ground and is held up by two fieldstones.

The sculpture is composed of a huge piece of Saint-Marc limestone, with the rough surface preserved, in the shape of a horse’s head. A feather made of red-painted stone is attached to the top.

In Maler’s view, the horse symbolizes the conquest of America, mobility, and power. For production of this artwork, Maler gathered an abundance of documentation on the history of the site and the river, covering subjects such as the presence of Aboriginals on the territory, their status, the origins of the first settlers, the ownership of the territory, and the Lachine massacre. The result is an interpretation of the Aboriginal spirit, represented by the feather. By the treatment of its forms, the mass of stone has retained a crude, almost rudimentary appearance. The rough carving of the stone and the pigment highlights refer to cave art. They evoke accurately, and as effectively as prehistoric artworks, the presence and energy of animals.
Associated events
Produced during the “Un Lieu” sculpture symposium in Lachine in 1988, the artwork was then donated to the Ville de Lachine by the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal.
Miroslav Frederik Maler
After studying at the High School of Applied Arts in Czechoslovakia, Miroslav Maler furthered his education in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and then specialized in sculpture at Columbia University in New York. He has participated in numerous international sculpture events, including the Lemberk International Sculpture Symposium in Czechoslovakia in 1990 and the 2nd International Sculpture Symposium in Mure, Japan, in 1991. His artworks are in public collections in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Awards and honours
  • Ontario Art Concil Grant, 1978
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Accession date
January 1, 2002
Carved; sculpted; engraved; pierced; painted
General dimensions
245 x 315 x 210 cm
  • Pigment
Cheval à plume
Parc René-Lévesque