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Ville de Montréal

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Jacques Hébert

L'habitation en milieu urbain

Presentation of the artwork
The artwork consists of a large stoneware mural made by hand by the skilled artist. Its placement in a central hallway that provides access to various exhibition spaces in the cultural centre puts it in proximity to visitors, who have an opportunity to examine its various details.

The mural is made of 198 blocks forming an abstract composition in earthy colours. By accentuating the different textures, the artist wanted to symbolize the theme chosen by the architect, “Living in the City.” The artwork is therefore divided into three main sections, from an aerial point of view: the evolution of past, present, and future housing models. The many diagonals that punctuate the reading of the work represent the proliferation of communications systems characterize urban life.

This project of integration with architecture is the only one that Hébert produced in his own name, although he long assisted Jordi Bonet in creating similar murals.
Associated events
The artwork was commissioned by competition, under the Québec government’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics, on the occasion of construction of the cultural centre named in honour of poet Marie Uguay in the Sud-Ouest Borough.
Jacques Hébert
After attending the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1959 to 1961, Jacques Hébert was initiated to ceramic arts by Claude Théberge. Then, for a dozen years, he was the master craftsman for muralist Jordi Bonet, with whom he produced numerous large-scale projects, including for La Place des arts de Montréal, Expo 67, Le Grand Théâtre de Québec, and many others in the United States and Canada. In the late 1970s, after a stint in the studio of Roland Gingras, Hébert co-founded a press agency and turned to design; later, he took up cabinetmaking.
Awards and honours
  • Exposition du Centennaire à Toronto, 1967
  • Sélection officielle, concours artistique de la Province du Québec, 1963
Variation of title
L'espace de l'homme dans l'univers
Fine Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Sandstone; mortat
General dimensions
251 x 620 x 3,80 cm
  • Blain, André
  • Bouchard, Denis
  • Fluet, Marc
L'habitation en milieu urbain
Le Sud-Ouest
Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay
Civic address
6052, boulevard Monk, Montréal (Québec) H4E 3H6