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Ville de Montréal

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Paryse Martin

Cultiver l'imaginaire

Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is integrated with the green roof of the Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges, inaugurated the same year.

Between the shrubs and flowers are three garden gnomes arranged individually on painted bases. The first gnome has in its wheelbarrow a fine stem that rises and has a small bud on the tip. On its head are antlers in which birds sit as a metaphor for an idea being formed. The second gnome stands on two flowerpots; in its wheelbarrow the stem continues to grow and a flower begins to blossom. The last gnome is hidden behind the foliage of the blossoming flower.

This playful narrative artwork evokes the idea of evolution of the cultivation of a plant through the imaginary of a fairy tale. The work also refers to environmental issues, as evidenced by the green roof of the cultural centre.
Associated events
The project was created in 2007 in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Paryse Martin
Born in Maine, United States, Paryse Martin earned her BFA (1986) and her MFA in visual arts (1994) at Université Laval, à Québec. She then completed a doctorate in art studies and practice at Université du Québec à Montréal (2007). Since 2000, she has been a lecturer at Université Laval. Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions, among others, at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Tijdelijk Museum in the Netherlands, and the Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec. She has produced numerous works of public art, including one at the CHSLD Maskinongé in Louiseville, in 2008.
Awards and honours
  • Nomination prix de la culture de la Ville de Québec , 2007
  • Nomination prix de la culture de la Ville de Québec , 2005
  • Bourse de ressourcement, Université Laval , 2005
  • Bourse de ressourcement, Université Laval , 2003
  • Bourse de ressourcement, Université Laval , 2002
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres, bourse B , 1999
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, bourse B , 1995
  • Conseil des arts du Québec, aide à la création , 1993
  • René Richard, 2e cycle, Université Laval" , 1993
Fine Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Anchoring; assemblage
White concrete patinaed with acrylic coated with a thin layer of protective wax; patinaed bronze and protective wax; steel painted with industrial epoxy; multi-use polyurethane; industrial glue
General dimensions
Nain 1 : 104 x 85 x 68 Nain 2 : 154x 30 x 68 Nain 3 : 159 x 90 x 68
Cultiver l'imaginaire
Civic address
5290, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges,Montréal, Québec H3T 1Y2"