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Pierre Leblanc

Lieux sans temple 5

1987
Presentation of the artwork
Lieux sans temple 5 is presented on the outdoor site of the Musée de Lachine, near two other works in the same series. It is a rudimentary vertical structure composed of various metal elements: a wheel, rods, salvaged metal pieces, small stairs, a small ladder, and so on.

In the Lieux sans temple series, Leblanc concentrates the viewer’s gaze on miniaturized structures whose verticality could easily refer to towers or lighthouses. Emerging from emptiness, the ladders and miniature stairs that traverse these assemblages are even more unexpected because ascent to the summit of the artworks would seem to be a very precarious enterprise.

An ironic look at knowledge and the accomplishments of human engineering (the presence of the wheel), the Lieux sans temple sculptures test the elaboration of human dreams and utopias in the late twentieth century. They challenge the validity of progress that is not based on deep philosophical reflection integrating culture and society.
Associated events
Lieux sans temple 3, Lieux sans temple 4, and Lieux sans temple 5 were produced from 1987 to 1989, following the creation of smaller works that had been executed for the event Regard sur la matière in the Communauté urbaine de Montréal program Exposer dans l'île.
Pierre Leblanc
Pierre Leblanc was born in Montréal and has lived and worked in Val-David since 1974. He received his initiation to sculpture at the Fonderie expérimentale de Pierrefonds, where he worked alongside sculptors André Fournelle and Armand Vaillancourt.

His artworks are exhibited regularly in North America and Europe and are in a number of public collections, including the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2011, le Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides presented Signes et repères, a solo exhibition of his recent works. Leblanc has also produced many public art projects throughout Québec.
Presentation of the artwork
Lieux sans temple 5 is presented on the outdoor site of the Musée de Lachine, near two other works in the same series. It is a rudimentary vertical structure composed of various metal elements: a wheel, rods, salvaged metal pieces, small stairs, a small ladder, and so on.

In the Lieux sans temple series, Leblanc concentrates the viewer’s gaze on miniaturized structures whose verticality could easily refer to towers or lighthouses. Emerging from emptiness, the ladders and miniature stairs that traverse these assemblages are even more unexpected because ascent to the summit of the artworks would seem to be a very precarious enterprise.

An ironic look at knowledge and the accomplishments of human engineering (the presence of the wheel), the Lieux sans temple sculptures test the elaboration of human dreams and utopias in the late twentieth century. They challenge the validity of progress that is not based on deep philosophical reflection integrating culture and society.
Associated events
Lieux sans temple 3, Lieux sans temple 4, and Lieux sans temple 5 were produced from 1987 to 1989, following the creation of smaller works that had been executed for the event Regard sur la matière in the Communauté urbaine de Montréal program Exposer dans l'île.
Pierre Leblanc
Pierre Leblanc was born in Montréal and has lived and worked in Val-David since 1974. He received his initiation to sculpture at the Fonderie expérimentale de Pierrefonds, where he worked alongside sculptors André Fournelle and Armand Vaillancourt.

His artworks are exhibited regularly in North America and Europe and are in a number of public collections, including the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2011, le Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides presented Signes et repères, a solo exhibition of his recent works. Leblanc has also produced many public art projects throughout Québec.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1987
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Welded; burnished; oxidized; glued; bolted
Materials
Steel
General dimensions
250 x 140,5 x 117,5 cm
Lieux sans temple 5
Borough
Lachine
Building
Musée de Lachine
Park
Parc du musée de Lachine
Civic address
1, chemin du Musée, Lachine (Québec) H8S 4L9