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Ville de Montréal

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Peter Gnass


Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is situated in Square Viger, in the centre of the block bordered by Viger, Saint-André, Saint-Antoine, and Saint-Hubert streets. At first, it was integrated into a children’s park designed by the artist, consisting of a sculptural and environmental arrangement composed of various pieces of play equipment.

The fountain is a grouping of 34 stainless-steel rods holding chromed bronze nozzles. The 478-cm-tall rods are set at regular intervals around a concrete pool. The distribution of the rods in the space is related to the artist’s work at the time, which implemented plays on perspective.
Associated events
The artwork was commissioned by the government of Québec in conjunction with development of the Ville-Marie Expressway. Commissions for two other blocks of Square were given to artists Charles Daudelin and Claude Théberge.
Peter Gnass
German-born Peter Gnass attended the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts and the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, then studied etching under Dumouchel. In 1970, he presented the solo exhibition Topolog at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He has exhibited in Canada and abroad and has produced many works of public art. In 1967, he created a bronze mural for the lobby of Théâtre Maisonneuve; in 1978, a stainless-steel mural for the LaSalle métro station. His solo exhibition Couper/Coller (2004) toured the Galerie de l’UQAM and the Musée régional de Rimouski. In 2010, his exhibition Progression et projections was at galerie [sas].

Awards and honours
  • 3e prix de gravure, concours artistique de la Province de Québec, 1965
  • Membre de l'Académie Royale du Canada, 1976
Variation of title
Jeux d'enfants Note : Ce titre était en usage avant le démantèlement de l'œuvre, en 2000. De l'œuvre originale il ne subsiste plus que la fontaine, d'où le titre actuel.
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Accession date
July 3, 1985
Stainless steel; chrome-plated bronze; concrete
General dimensions
450 x 1450 x 1195 cm
Square Viger