Fine Arts
Choose a subcategory

Select the beginning and end dates of the desired period

1809
2017

See the results

Art Public

Ville de Montréal

Sort
{"title":"Bureau d'Art Public - Ville de Montr\u00e9al | La Bourrasque","thisUrl":"https:\/\/artpublic.ville.montreal.qc.ca\/en\/oeuvre\/la-bourrasque\/","body_class":"blog artpublic adapt jsonStored single-artwork query-off ap-no-toolbar","query_hud":null,"alternate_url":"https:\/\/artpublic.ville.montreal.qc.ca\/oeuvre\/la-bourrasque\/"}
Share
Share
Gwenaël Bélanger

La Bourrasque

2013
Presentation of the artwork
La Bourrasque is a mural work composed of pieces of cut-out stainless steel slightly separated from the concrete surface to which they are attached, giving the sense that they are floating. The pieces portray more than 100 symbols referring to knowledge, which the artist has arranged as if they had been blown around by a strong gust of wind. Gwenaël Bélanger describes La Bourrasque as follows: “I imagined the poetic instant when everything that is contained in the different documents in the library escapes through the slot in the book chute. And so, outside, we see a big jumble of sheets of paper, images, lines, objects, letters, numbers, figures, drawings, and more taking flight pell-mell.” The artwork is typical of Bélanger’s work, as he is interested in falling, movement, and bursting as ways to challenge modes of representation.

Both outside and inside the building, the artwork is integrated with the wall perpendicular to the main entrance to the library. La Bourrasque welcomes visitors and guides them into the lobby, where the artwork seems to take flight upward and through the large clerestory.
Associated events
This work was produced in the context of construction of the Bibliothèque du Boisé, which fell under the Québec government’s la Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.
Gwenaël Bélanger
Gwenaël Bélanger lives in Montréal. He has had solo exhibitions at the Musée régional de Rimouski; EXPRESSION, centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe; and in Montréal at the Galerie de l’UQAM, Centre d’art contemporain Optica, Centre des arts actuels Skol and Galerie Graff. Among the group exhibitions that have included his works are The Hidden Land at the Nettie Horn Gallery in London (2009), Still Revolution in the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto (2009), and La Triennale québécoise at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008). A recipient of the Prix Pierre-Ayot en 2009, Bélanger is represented by Galerie Graff in Montréal and the Nettie Horn Gallery in London.
Awards and honours
  • lauréat/lauréate, Prix Pierre-Ayot, 2009
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
2013
Mode of acquisition:
Accession date
November 10 2010
Technique(s)
Laser cutting
Materials
Stainless steel
General dimensions
2700 x 570 cm
Manufacturer
  • Duchaine, Paul
La Bourrasque
Borough
Saint-Laurent
Building
Bibliothèque du Boisé
Civic address
2727 Boulevard Thimens, Montréal, QC H4R 1T4