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André Fournelle

Colonne

1985
Presentation of the artwork
The work is presented to passers-by directly on the edge of Saint-Dominique Street, in front of the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal. It is a monumental sculpture produced in collaboration with sculptor Ducharme Marion in the form of a large fluted concrete column. The worn aspect of the column testifies to the passage of time, which is accentuated by the fact that it is sectioned into three blocks united vertically by steel rods. These details are a reminder that the artist has reused granite blocks recovered from an old building.

This reflects the rehabilitation of the building, a former fire station transformed into an arts centre, and the artist’s engagement in the preservation of the cultural heritage. Fournelle has, more than once, produced interventions with the objective of blocking the destruction of the built heritage.
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André Fournelle
André Fournelle studied sculpture by taking workshops in the United States, Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. His work results from a fusion of various sources of inspiration, including natural elements (water, earth, air, fire), simple geometric forms (circle, triangle, square, cross), and currents of art history (Russian constructivism, pop art, Viennese actionism).

A prolific producer of artworks since 1965, he has created a number of artworks integrated with architecture, including Un moment vivant (2000), at the Taipei airport in Taiwan, and outdoor interventions such as Spirale (1989), a tribute to Robert Smithson, displayed in the Death Valley desert of California.
Awards and honours
  • prix Aménagement Télé-Québec Les Arts et la Ville (avec Simon Bouffard et Claude Chaussard), 2007
  • Représente le Québec aux Jeux de la francophonie, 1994
Presentation of the artwork
The work is presented to passers-by directly on the edge of Saint-Dominique Street, in front of the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal. It is a monumental sculpture produced in collaboration with sculptor Ducharme Marion in the form of a large fluted concrete column. The worn aspect of the column testifies to the passage of time, which is accentuated by the fact that it is sectioned into three blocks united vertically by steel rods. These details are a reminder that the artist has reused granite blocks recovered from an old building.

This reflects the rehabilitation of the building, a former fire station transformed into an arts centre, and the artist’s engagement in the preservation of the cultural heritage. Fournelle has, more than once, produced interventions with the objective of blocking the destruction of the built heritage.
Associated events
André Fournelle
André Fournelle studied sculpture by taking workshops in the United States, Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. His work results from a fusion of various sources of inspiration, including natural elements (water, earth, air, fire), simple geometric forms (circle, triangle, square, cross), and currents of art history (Russian constructivism, pop art, Viennese actionism).

A prolific producer of artworks since 1965, he has created a number of artworks integrated with architecture, including Un moment vivant (2000), at the Taipei airport in Taiwan, and outdoor interventions such as Spirale (1989), a tribute to Robert Smithson, displayed in the Death Valley desert of California.
Awards and honours
  • prix Aménagement Télé-Québec Les Arts et la Ville (avec Simon Bouffard et Claude Chaussard), 2007
  • Représente le Québec aux Jeux de la francophonie, 1994
Detail
Variation of title
Sculpture (extérieur)
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
1985
Mode of acquisition:
Technique(s)
Direct carving; assembled
Materials
Granite; stainless steel; glass; light
General dimensions
700 x 124,5 cm
Colonne
Borough
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Building
Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal
Civic address
4247, rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, Québec H2W 2A9