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La Société des archives affectives

L'étreinte des temps

Presentation of the artwork
Designed by the Société des archives affectives, in collaboration with Nadia Myre and Malaka Ackaoui, L’étreinte des temps is shaped like a weeping willow, a majestic and romantic tree that symbolizes confluence, protection, and coming together. With its branches descending to the ground, the tree represents an embrace, even an interweaving, of the cultures, knowledges, and eras that have succeeded each other on Mount Royal.

Bronze rods (in the exact shape of the willow branches used) form the tree’s trunk, within which visitors may enter. A natural, human connection is thus at the heart of this project.
Associated events
In summer 2015, the Public Art Bureau held a competition by public notice for professional visual artists for the design and execution of an artwork for Parc Tiohtià:ke Otsira’kéhne. This park is included in the development project for the Mount Royal belt road, which is financed by the Entente 2012–2015 sur le développement culturel de Montréal. The work, titled L’étreinte des temps, was produced under the Gouvernement du Québec’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.
La Société des archives affectives
The Society of Affective Archives is a collective entity dedicated to artistic collaboration, the production of affective archives, and the preservation of peripheral knowledge. Inspired by the image of the rhizome, a form wherein multiple paths converge and divide in a continual process of transformation, the collective draws upon the principles of experimentation and creative encounters. Animated by the collection and safeguarding of that which lies on the cusp of disappearing or at the margins of consciousness, the Society is a romantic conceptual exploration conceived by its founding members, Fiona Annis and Véronique La Perrière M. Since 2010, they have jointly explored the territory of research and creation in the visual arts.
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
October 19, 2018
Model lost; welds; assembly
Bronze; plants; rocks
General dimensions
518 x 762 X 1981 cm
  • NCK Inc
  • Atelier du Bronze Inc
  • WAA Montréal
L'étreinte des temps
parc Tiohtià:ke Otsira’kéhne - mont Royal