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Ville de Montréal

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Jean-Pierre Morin

La pierre et le feu

Presentation of the artwork
The language of Jean-Pierre Morin’s artworks is inspired by the forms of the ogive, the flint, points, and projectiles, as well as natural forms with pointed ends: flames, leaves, lightning bolts, and stars. In La pierre et le feu, the edges are precise and cut into the space like a graffito evoking the energy and strength of fire. In Morin’s sculptures, fragile elements and abrupt, unstable phenomena acquire extraordinary scale, weight, presence, and duration. The natural relations of force are reversed.

Discussing this artwork, Morin spoke of the course of certain celestial bodies. The moment when material is consumed may be that when a fragment of asteroid bursts into flame as it enters Earth’s atmosphere. Morin has also indicated that as a child, he was fascinated by the incandescent metal and the sparks that flew under the blacksmith’s hammer in the village where he was born.
Associated events
The artwork was created for the first Lachine, Carrefour de l’Art et de l’Industrie sculpture symposium in the summer of 1985. Organized by the Société de diffusion internationale et de placement sur œuvres d’art (Sodip-Art), the event brought together eight sculptors each of whom produced a monumental sculpture on site as the public watched.
Jean-Pierre Morin
Jean-Pierre Morin was born in Saint-Anselme, and he lives and works in Québec City. He holds a master’s degree in visual arts (concentration in sculpture) from Concordia University and has taught visual arts at the college and university levels. In 2000, his work was included in the exhibition Œuvres Phares at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. He was the winner of the competition for an artwork to be installed at the Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal, for which he produced the sculpture Espace fractal, now installed at the main entrance to the building. Morin has executed more than 20 works of public art, including Monument pour une feuille (1991), at the head office of the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), in Québec City, and Convergence (1997), at the Centre des congrès de Québec.
Awards and honours
  • Prix de la Fondation Monique et Robert Parizeau, 2007
  • Prix de la Fondation Monique et Robert Parizeau, 2009
  • Prix reconnaissance Videre, 2003
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Accession date
January 1, 1985
Cut out; welded; bolted; painted
General dimensions
304 x 122 x 400 cm
  • Morin, Jean-Pierre
La pierre et le feu
Parc René-Lévesque