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Ville de Montréal

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Gilles Mihalcean

Paquets de lumière

Presentation of the artwork
Like a theatre stage, the granite slabs of Le Parterre present an interplay of three vertical sculptures to passersby. Directly inspired by the cultural institutions that surround it, the triptych of sculptures created by Gilles Mihalcean express variations around the performance arts. Like a music score or a choreography, the components common to the three works are orchestrated in a constantly changing way. These freely assembled objects (including a dance shoe, an accordion, and a guitar) are highlighted with patches of colour and sprinkled with unexpected objects (a chicken, a log, and an airplane, among others). The contrasts allow for a multitude of interpretations and associations of ideas, and they invite our imagination to a show in this location devoted to hosting various types of performances every year.

Quotation: “As an abstract arrangement of figurative and recognizable elements, my work encourages associations of ideas, which are never the same from person to person.” Gilles Mihalcean
Associated events
Paquets de lumière was produced following a Québec-wide competition by public notice held in 2016. Integrated into Le Parterre, a public plaza beside Place des Arts, this work contributes to the neighbourhood-revitalization strategy. With its adaptability and privileged geographic siting, Le Parterre, designed by Daoust Lestage, is both an ideal location for festivals and a place for people visiting the downtown area to relax. The work is a bequest by the Gouvernement du Québec for the 375th anniversary of the foundation of Montréal.
Gilles Mihalcean
Since 1969, Montréal-born Gilles Mihalcean has been exploring the poetic value of materials, raw or ready-made, in a way that creates a metaphor, a story born in the viewer’s imagination and inscribed in time. This self-taught sculptor, whose work contributed to the revival of sculpture in the 1970s, had a retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain in 1995.
Awards and honours
  • prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, 2011
  • bourse de carrière Jean-Paul-Riopelle, 2005
  • prix Victor-Martin-Lynch-Staunton, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1988
  • prix des Concours artistiques du Québec, 1969
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
August 5, 2018
Aluminum, stainless steel and paint
General dimensions
1000 x 335
Paquets de lumière
Civic address
1435, rue Saint-Alexandre, local 500, Montréal, H3A 2G4