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Ville de Montréal

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Luce Pelletier


Presentation of the artwork
Installed in the south section of Parc Toussaint-Louverture, L’étreinte is a sculptural grouping formed of six small islands produced in close collaboration with the residents of Habitations Jeanne-Mance, in the context of a cultural mediation project. Each small island is made of one or two granite boulders that have been polished and rounded. From the boulders emerge long stems at the end of which are one or two tree leaves made of aluminum, pierced with abstract motifs. The artist gathered these motifs from residents from different communities living in Habitations Jeanne-Mance, inspired by artisanal ornamentation in these residents’ countries of origin. The eight granite boulders that form the bases for the leaves bear the indented imprints of the hands of 30 children. In the palm of each hand is a child’s name. Around them, engraved sentences express wishes for future generations.

The metal leaves that emerge from the boulders symbolize the strength of nature. Their designs evoke cultural diversity and the residents’ respective handicrafts traditions. The granite boulders covered with children’s hands, names, and wishes, become a welcoming host.
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In the Artist’s Words “The sculpture doesn’t infringe on the natural space around it; on the contrary, it appears in various angles through the many interstices as little windows on the natural and human landscape. Considering the human experience of Habitations Jeanne-Mance, I offer a sculpture that invites people to have an experience of the Boisé, an experience of self and other, a loving embrace of life.”
Luce Pelletier
Born in Sainte-Luce in 1964, Luce Pelletier lives and works in Québec City. She holds a master’s degree in art history and art practice from the Université du Québec à Montréal and teaches at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. In her production of ephemeral artworks in nature and permanent sculptures in the public space, Pelletier is interested in the relationship between humans and their environment. She has produced almost 20 works of public art in Québec.
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
November 8, 2011
Aluminum: cut out, bends; welded and assembled. Granite: Sandblast engraving.
Aluminum; granite
General dimensions
Les différents ensemble de l'installation sont répartis dans le parc.
  • Brunet, Gilles / Les Monuments B. Brunet
  • Daigle, Jonathan / Meto Concept+
  • Blouin, Éric / Lumivert construction
  • Jack, Jymmy / Ferme de Reproduction James & Gordon Jack Inc.
  • Groupe IBI CHBA
Parc Paul-Dozois
Civic address
Devant l'entrée du 250, boul. de Maisonneuve est