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BGL

La vélocité des lieux

2015
Presentation of the artwork
Bringing together monumental sculpture and carnival, the artwork is composed of five curved silhouettes evoking buses, placed on eight columns of openwork steel. It resembles a Ferris wheel. Although the artwork is static, it suggests movement. Visible from a distance, it stands out as a key element in the urban landscape and is intended to express the flow of traffic and ambient human circulation, reflecting activity in the sector. Evoking community, play, vertigo, festivity, and the joy of movement, the artwork offers an opportunity to let the imagination run free within a context ruled by the efficiency of daily travel.

The title refers to the artists’ playful attitude and desire to exploit contrasts. They write, “The speed of a place is physically impossible to measure because it is static.” As a consequence, “The velocity of a place corresponds to its peak times, to the pace of activity taking place there. From this point of view, a gym goes much more quickly than does a library.”
Associated events
The artwork La vélocité des lieux was produced in the context of the redevelopment of the Henri-Bourassa–Pie-IX intersection, in the Montréal-Nord Borough, which was completed in 2015. The project was chosen through a pan-Canadian competition by invitation held in 2013.
BGL
The Québec collective BGL, active since 1996, challenges the North American way of life by producing works, often playful in nature, that express social concerns. Formed of the artists Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère, and Nicolas Laverdière, all of whom studied at Université Laval, BGL has created a good number of installations in Québec, Canada, and abroad. Its works are in numerous private and institutional collections (National Gallery of Canada, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Montréal Museum of Fine Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal). The collective produced an artwork integrated with architecture at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2001, and a work of public art for the Pan American Games aquatic centre in Toronto in 2014. BGL represented Canada at the 56th Venice Art Biennale.
Presentation of the artwork
Bringing together monumental sculpture and carnival, the artwork is composed of five curved silhouettes evoking buses, placed on eight columns of openwork steel. It resembles a Ferris wheel. Although the artwork is static, it suggests movement. Visible from a distance, it stands out as a key element in the urban landscape and is intended to express the flow of traffic and ambient human circulation, reflecting activity in the sector. Evoking community, play, vertigo, festivity, and the joy of movement, the artwork offers an opportunity to let the imagination run free within a context ruled by the efficiency of daily travel.

The title refers to the artists’ playful attitude and desire to exploit contrasts. They write, “The speed of a place is physically impossible to measure because it is static.” As a consequence, “The velocity of a place corresponds to its peak times, to the pace of activity taking place there. From this point of view, a gym goes much more quickly than does a library.”
Associated events
The artwork La vélocité des lieux was produced in the context of the redevelopment of the Henri-Bourassa–Pie-IX intersection, in the Montréal-Nord Borough, which was completed in 2015. The project was chosen through a pan-Canadian competition by invitation held in 2013.
BGL
The Québec collective BGL, active since 1996, challenges the North American way of life by producing works, often playful in nature, that express social concerns. Formed of the artists Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère, and Nicolas Laverdière, all of whom studied at Université Laval, BGL has created a good number of installations in Québec, Canada, and abroad. Its works are in numerous private and institutional collections (National Gallery of Canada, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Montréal Museum of Fine Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal). The collective produced an artwork integrated with architecture at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2001, and a work of public art for the Pan American Games aquatic centre in Toronto in 2014. BGL represented Canada at the 56th Venice Art Biennale.
Detail
Variation of title
La grande roue
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2015
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal (competition by invitation)
Accession date
June 19 2015
Technique(s)
Assemblage
Materials
Aluminum, galvanized steel and stainless steel, Plexiglas, light
General dimensions
19 x 16 x 13 m
Manufacturer
  • NCK Inc
  • Duchaine, Paul
  • Dempsey, Boris
La vélocité des lieux
Borough
Montréal-Nord
Park
Carrefour Henri-Bourassa–Pie-IX