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Jiri Georges Lauda, Paul Pannier

Hommage à l'esprit sportif

Presentation of the artwork
The mural covers an entire exterior wall of Aréna Garon. It is composed of three figures that emerge from a grouping of white, blue, orange, and red triangular and curved shapes in both figurative and non-figurative motifs. In the left-hand figure appear male athletes, one carrying a ball and the other a hockey player. In the right-hand figure are a female swimmer and figure skater. The third figure is a circle composed only of abstract motifs.

In a large number of the collaborations between the two artists, Lauda was responsible for the artwork’s concept and design, and Pannier fired and glazed the pieces. This division of tasks was likely maintained for production of this mural, the lines and colours of which are consistent with Lauda and Pannier’s previous artworks integrated with architecture.
Associated events
The artwork was produced under Québec government’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.
Jiri Georges Lauda
Jiri Georges Lauda was born in Prague, Czech Republic, and studied at the Prague School of Fine Arts. He moved to Montréal in 1951, when he was in his mid-twenties. He was a ceramicist, painter, sculptor, and illustrator. In 1959, he produced the drawings included in Janette Bertrand’s book Opinions de femmes, published by Éditions Beauchemin. With his constant collaborator Paul Pannier, he created the large mural integrated with the architecture in the Crémazie métro station, Le poète dans l’univers (1968).

Paul Pannier was born on Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon in 1923 and died in Montréal in 1993. He was the founder of Pannier Céramiques ltée, where many of Jiri Georges Lauda’s table pieces were produced.
Paul Pannier
Decorative Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Ceramics ?
  • Pannier, Paul
Hommage à l'esprit sportif
Aréna Garon
Civic address
11212 Rue Garon, Montréal-Nord, QC