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Adad Hannah

Constellation en Sol

Presentation of the artwork
The interior garden of Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau contains the 22 suspended panels of the artwork Constellation en Sol, a sculptural grouping extending from the ground floor to the roof of the building. The flat, five-sided panels, made in part of recycled materials, have colourful translucent motifs printed on them, evoking the patchwork costume worn by Marc Favreau when he portrayed his character. The artwork echoes the architectural concept of the site, strongly imbued with Sol’s spirit, and profits from the light that penetrates into this section of the library through large glass partitions.

The play of the panels suspended in the space forms a fluid, naïve sculpture inspired by the lyrical and poetic tonality of Sol’s speeches. Although apparently simple, the installation is composed of a group of carefully orchestrated panels whose complex structure is reminiscent of the comedian’s skill in juggling words and weaving new meanings.
Associated events
Marc Favreau, born in Montréal in 1929, caught the public’s imagination through his character Sol, a poet-philosopher-vagabond. Created in 1958 for the Radio-Canada television program La Boîte à surprises, Sol was then the co-star of the show Sol et Gobelet, also a Radio-Canada production, and later took to stages all over the world with his monologues. He spoke about subjects such as politics, culture, and daily life in a colourful language that Favreau invented. Favreau died in Montréal on December 17, 2005.
Adad Hannah
Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971. He spent his childhood in Israel and England, before moving to Vancouver in the early 1980s. After studying fine arts at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, he earned a master’s degree in visual arts at Concordia University. He lives and works in Montréal and Vancouver. His works are in a number of public collections, including those of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the National Gallery of Canada. Among the events and exhibitions in which he has participated are the Prague Biennale in 2011 and the Liverpool Biennale in 2010.
Awards and honours
  • Prix Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton (pour artiste en mi-carrière), 2009
Fine Arts
Mixed Media
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Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Laser cutting; printing; assembly
Copolyester resin; print
  • 3form
Constellation en Sol
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Bibliothèque Marc-Favreau
Civic address
500 Boulevard Rosemont, Montréal, Qc H2S 0C4