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Patrick Coutu

Géologique

2017
Presentation of the artwork
The work is composed of 4,800 square tubes made of weathering steel (often known as Corten steel), the rusted colour of which comes from the self-protective corrosion of its surface. More than 10 metres high, Géologique, like a rocky protrusion, rises gradually from its base, narrowing to the culminating point of its peak to blend with the architectural grouping of the soccer stadium. An imposing sculpture with organic and mineral facets, this vertical structure contains numerous gaps, creating a mesh with motifs and depth effects – some opaque, some transparent – allowing spectators to glimpse the background as they move around it. From a horizontal point of view, the structure refers to the sedimentary stratification of the limestone quarry that was the initial use of the site. Like a natural column that has grown slowly, with a random, uneven form, Géologique rises before us with strength and dynamism, like the athletic activities practised in the Stade de soccer de Montréal.
(Source: Éric Legendre)

"The athletic vocation of the soccer stadium is reflected in the nod to art history. In fact, its reiterated strata are a trait common to twentieth-century futurist sculpture. It emits the same idea of dynamism and is intended to be as energetic as the action that takes place on the site."
– Patrick COUTU
Associated events
The work is installed at the new Stade de soccer de Montréal, situated in the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex. It was produced in compliance with the Government of Québec’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.
Patrick Coutu
Patrick Coutu, born in 1975, lives and works in Montréal. He holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1997), and a master's degree from the Glasgow School of Art (2003) and Concordia University (2005). Coutu has had works in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Québec and Canada. His works are found in the public collections of major Québec and Canadian museums (MMFA, MACM, MNBAQ, NGC), and in many private collections in Canada (NBC, SITQ), the United States, France, and Great Britain.
Awards and honours
  • lauréat/lauréate, Prix Pierre-Ayot, 2007
Presentation of the artwork
The work is composed of 4,800 square tubes made of weathering steel (often known as Corten steel), the rusted colour of which comes from the self-protective corrosion of its surface. More than 10 metres high, Géologique, like a rocky protrusion, rises gradually from its base, narrowing to the culminating point of its peak to blend with the architectural grouping of the soccer stadium. An imposing sculpture with organic and mineral facets, this vertical structure contains numerous gaps, creating a mesh with motifs and depth effects – some opaque, some transparent – allowing spectators to glimpse the background as they move around it. From a horizontal point of view, the structure refers to the sedimentary stratification of the limestone quarry that was the initial use of the site. Like a natural column that has grown slowly, with a random, uneven form, Géologique rises before us with strength and dynamism, like the athletic activities practised in the Stade de soccer de Montréal.
(Source: Éric Legendre)

"The athletic vocation of the soccer stadium is reflected in the nod to art history. In fact, its reiterated strata are a trait common to twentieth-century futurist sculpture. It emits the same idea of dynamism and is intended to be as energetic as the action that takes place on the site."
– Patrick COUTU
Associated events
The work is installed at the new Stade de soccer de Montréal, situated in the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex. It was produced in compliance with the Government of Québec’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.
Patrick Coutu
Patrick Coutu, born in 1975, lives and works in Montréal. He holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1997), and a master's degree from the Glasgow School of Art (2003) and Concordia University (2005). Coutu has had works in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Québec and Canada. His works are found in the public collections of major Québec and Canadian museums (MMFA, MACM, MNBAQ, NGC), and in many private collections in Canada (NBC, SITQ), the United States, France, and Great Britain.
Awards and honours
  • lauréat/lauréate, Prix Pierre-Ayot, 2007
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2017
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal (competition by invitation)
Accession date
April 10 2015
Technique(s)
welded
Materials
Corten steel
General dimensions
1044 x 391 x 345 cm
Géologique
Borough
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Building
Stade de soccer de Montréal
Park
Parc Frédéric-Back
Civic address
9235, avenue Papineau, Montreal, QC H2M 2G5