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Denise Arsenault

Discours du roi poète

1982
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is situated in Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Park, near which Roland Proulx, to whom the artwork is dedicated, resided for 43 years. The square in which the sculpture sits also bears the Proulx’s name. The sculpture is an astract figure formed of simple geometric volumes assembled vertically. Made of limestone, it is presented on a base of the same material.

“I hope that my poet king will be adopted by the people of the neighbourhood, that it will remain as a testimony in people’s memories, and that it will thus make them aware of the role of art in society.”
Associated events
The artwork pays tribute to Roland Proulx (1919–80), a painter and musician who worked as an illustrator and model maker for the Ville de Montréal for almost 30 years. He graduated from the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1954, and the following year, he became chief of the arts division of the city’s parks department. He designed the posters and sets for Théâtre de La Roulotte, the furniture for Jardin des merveilles, and several pavilions at Man and His World.
Denise Arsenault
Denise Arsenault holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, with a major in sculpture and a minor in education, from the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1980, she furthered her training with a course in metal casting (bronze and aluminum) at the École des métiers de l’est. She both participated as an artist in and was on the organizing committee for Confrontation 82 and Confrontation 83. During the 1980s, her work was included in a number of group exhibitions, including at the Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay.
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is situated in Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Park, near which Roland Proulx, to whom the artwork is dedicated, resided for 43 years. The square in which the sculpture sits also bears the Proulx’s name. The sculpture is an astract figure formed of simple geometric volumes assembled vertically. Made of limestone, it is presented on a base of the same material.

“I hope that my poet king will be adopted by the people of the neighbourhood, that it will remain as a testimony in people’s memories, and that it will thus make them aware of the role of art in society.”
Associated events
The artwork pays tribute to Roland Proulx (1919–80), a painter and musician who worked as an illustrator and model maker for the Ville de Montréal for almost 30 years. He graduated from the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1954, and the following year, he became chief of the arts division of the city’s parks department. He designed the posters and sets for Théâtre de La Roulotte, the furniture for Jardin des merveilles, and several pavilions at Man and His World.
Denise Arsenault
Denise Arsenault holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, with a major in sculpture and a minor in education, from the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1980, she furthered her training with a course in metal casting (bronze and aluminum) at the École des métiers de l’est. She both participated as an artist in and was on the organizing committee for Confrontation 82 and Confrontation 83. During the 1980s, her work was included in a number of group exhibitions, including at the Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1982
Mode of acquisition:
Donation
Materials
Limestone
General dimensions
233 X 56 X 63 cm
Discours du roi poète
Borough
Le Sud-Ouest
Park
Place Roland-Proulx