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Ville de Montréal

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Suzelle Levasseur

Le passage ? Regarder, entendre, échanger et faire le Sud-Ouest

Presentation of the artwork
The work is installed in the Accès Montréal office, in the main entrance of the Sud-Ouest Borough city hall; it was created to give a soul to this multifunctional site that is an area for transit, reception, encounter, and work.

Formed of seven tondi, the artwork counts on the capacity of colour to bring in light and create space. Each tondo acts as a painting, a window piercing the wall. The three largest tondi portray some of the most attractive buildings in the Sud-Ouest Borough: the city hall, in red; the Turcot Exchange, in yellow; and the Lachine Canal, in blue. The smaller paintings refer to sensory receptors and evoke the gaze of those who took part in building these structures; they invite visitors to explore, to learn about their environment, and to imagine themselves in these locations.
Associated events
The project was created in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Suzelle Levasseur
Suzelle Levasseur earned a BFA in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1976. She completed an internship at the Studio du Québec à Paris and Cité internationale des arts in 1992 and 1993. She has had solo exhibitions, including one at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1987, and her work has been presented in group exhibitions such as Femmes artistes du XXe siècle au Québec, at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, in Québec City, in 2010. Her works are in numerous public and private collections.
Awards and honours
  • Lauréate, Concours d’estampe et de dessin, Centre culturel de l’université de Sherbrooke, à Sherbrooke , 1981
  • Lauréate, Biennale du Québec, centre Saidye Bronfman, Montréal , 1979
  • 1er prix, KATCH’76, Hadassah Art Exhibition, Kingston , 1976
  • Mention honorable, Bourse Greenshield, UQAM, Montréal, 1976
  • Mention honorable, Bourse Power Corporation, UQAM, Montréal, 1975
Fine Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
December 31, 2007
Oil paint, 1/4" lauan plywood, sliding anchoring system, primer, Liquitex Soluvar varnish, aluminum band 1/8" by 2"
General dimensions
60, 80, 100
  • Gaudet, Mathieu
Le passage ? Regarder, entendre, échanger et faire le Sud-Ouest
Le Sud-Ouest
Mairie du Sud-Ouest
Civic address
815, rue Bel-Air