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Claude Millette

Le coup de départ

2009
Presentation of the artwork
Le coup de départ is installed in Parc Philippe-Laheurte, where the Saint-Laurent Borough wished to place a work of public art inspired by the athlete’s personality. It is placed in the centre of a landscaped circle so that users of the park can approach it from every angle.

The sculpture presents two components composed of curved stainless steel beams. It is monumental and in the signage genre. Overall, it takes the form of the Greek letter pi, and one part of which is cut through. The work reflects the aspirations that guided Laheurte throughout his life – accomplishment and excellence – and refers to the ideal of sports as a citizenship value.
Associated events
The artwork is a tribute to the Quebec runner Philippe Laheurte (1957–91), who was Canadian senior champion at 5,000 metres in 1982. He was also one of the founders of the Regina Mundi track club. He died in an accident in 1991, at age 34.
Claude Millette
Claude Millette, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, received his education at the École de sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, complemented by apprenticing internships with Robert Poulin and Jordi Bonet. His works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are in the collections of, among others, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée d’art de Joliette, and the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Among the 20 works of public art that he has produced is L’amphore cryogénique, created for a commission by the Ville de Pointe-Claire to mark the new millennium. The artwork includes a time capsule.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse: Ministère des relations internationales, 1998
  • Bourse: Ministère des relations internationales, 1996
  • Bourse: Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, soutien à la création., 1993
  • Bourse: Ministère des Affaires culturelles, Gouvernement du Québec, soutien à la création., 1991
Presentation of the artwork
Le coup de départ is installed in Parc Philippe-Laheurte, where the Saint-Laurent Borough wished to place a work of public art inspired by the athlete’s personality. It is placed in the centre of a landscaped circle so that users of the park can approach it from every angle.

The sculpture presents two components composed of curved stainless steel beams. It is monumental and in the signage genre. Overall, it takes the form of the Greek letter pi, and one part of which is cut through. The work reflects the aspirations that guided Laheurte throughout his life – accomplishment and excellence – and refers to the ideal of sports as a citizenship value.
Associated events
The artwork is a tribute to the Quebec runner Philippe Laheurte (1957–91), who was Canadian senior champion at 5,000 metres in 1982. He was also one of the founders of the Regina Mundi track club. He died in an accident in 1991, at age 34.
Claude Millette
Claude Millette, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, received his education at the École de sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, complemented by apprenticing internships with Robert Poulin and Jordi Bonet. His works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are in the collections of, among others, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée d’art de Joliette, and the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Among the 20 works of public art that he has produced is L’amphore cryogénique, created for a commission by the Ville de Pointe-Claire to mark the new millennium. The artwork includes a time capsule.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse: Ministère des relations internationales, 1998
  • Bourse: Ministère des relations internationales, 1996
  • Bourse: Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, soutien à la création., 1993
  • Bourse: Ministère des Affaires culturelles, Gouvernement du Québec, soutien à la création., 1991
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2009
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
November 12 2008
Materials
Stainless steel
General dimensions
538 X 371 X165 cm
Le coup de départ
Borough
Saint-Laurent
Park
Parc Philippe-Laheurte