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Francis Montillaud

La montagne retracée

Presentation of the artwork
La montagne retracée is deployed on a support wall along Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges between Forest Hill and Ridgewood avenues, facing the entrance to the cemetery. The work is composed of schematic elements and symbols made of aluminum and bronze referring to the Mount Royal’s history, topography, and vernacular and agricultural past. It includes a lighting system that makes it visible at night. Like artefacts, its component objects evoke the anonymous presence of people who shaped the space. The work invites people to remember this place of passage that is traversed by one of the main original streets of the town of Montréal and imagine its future.

The artist collaborated with the firm EXMURO arts publics for this project.

“Through its encyclopedic nature, the work revisits history, human activity, and the territory. It presents figurative elements in an abstract setting to link scientific imagery to a fantastic universe. Thanks to formal interplays between sculpture and painting, the mural is a hybrid between the immaterial and the material, between representation and reality.”
Associated events
The mural La montagne retracée was produced for the section of Escales découvertes du mont Royal that highlights Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges. The landscaping done in this context offers Montreal strollers a renewed experience of the Mount Royal Heritage Site. They can rediscover the three mountains in the centre of the city , and gain access to remarkable vistas and little-known aspects of this vast area. This bequest for the 375th anniversary of Montréal also celebrates the rich history of Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, designated as one of the founding routes of Montréal.
Francis Montillaud
Francis Montillaud is an artist born in the Québec City region. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Université Laval in 2003, where he concentrated in new media. He moved to Montréal and earned a master’s degree in visual and media arts at UQAM. He was selected to be in the Manifestation internationale d’art 3: Cynismes? de Québec, presented by curators Patrice Loubier and André-Louis Paré in 2005. In 2009, his participation in the Paysages Éphémères festival was critically acclaimed, bringing him to the notice of the public in Montréal.
Awards and honours
  • Mention spéciale, Fondation Sylvie et Simon Blais, 2011
  • Prix La Vague/Judith Hamel, meilleure oeuvre en art numérique, 23e Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie, 2009
  • Bourse de la Fondation Charles-Gagnon, 2009
  • Finaliste à la Soirée des Masques pour l conception vidéo de la pièce Ailleurs de Kevin Mccoy., 2007
Fine Arts
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Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
April 11, 2016
General dimensions
5.9 x 71.48 m
  • Acrylic
  • CBR Laser- découpe au laser / CBR Laser
  • Alro-peinture en poudre / Alro
  • Peinture JC 96
  • Fondremy
  • Moreau , Jean / Hilti
  • LARO experts-conseils
  • Thibault Desparois, Hugo / NRG Management
La montagne retracée