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Yves Trudeau

Parvis et portail #22

2000
Presentation of the artwork
Place de l’An-2000 is occupied by a sculptural grouping composed of three elements evoking the advent of the new millennium and the rural past of Ville Saint-Laurent. First, an aluminum pyramidal structure presents, on each of its faces, a metal plaque on which are engraved the words “culture,” “technologie,” “industrie,” “commerce,” and “prospérité.” A vault, containing 150 objects offered by residents, is inside the pyramid, evoking the success of Ville Saint-Laurent. Parvis et portail # 22 is situated in the centre of the square. It brings together two vertical elements made of polished aluminum, oriented in opposite directions, to point to the old and new sectors of Ville Saint-Laurent. Finally, a rusted ploughshare, its furrows lost in the pavement, evokes the city’s rural past.

With Parvis et portail # 22, the artist was inspired by Gothic style. He has used the arch to represent the passage of time in a series of artworks begun in 1987; in 1993, the artist said, about arches, “Calm, serene hieratic figures far from being repellent or macabre, a nobility emanates from them. They invoke a raising of the spirit and meditation through their verticality.” 1

1. Letocha, Louise, and Yves Trudeau, Yves Trudeau. Parvis et portails, catalogue for the exhibition presented at Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, 25 April to 15 May 1993 (Québec City: Éditions de la Canoterie), p. 3 (our translation).
Associated events
To underline the change of millennium, in 1999 the Ville de Saint-Laurent launched a competition for integration of a work of public art into a public square. The winner of the competition, titled “Notre millénaire, le Meilleur est à venir” (Our millennium, the best is yet to come), was Yves Trudeau.
Yves Trudeau
Yves Trudeau received his training at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. In 1960, he was one of the founders of the Association des sculpteurs du Québec, which later became the Conseil de la sculpture du Québec. He taught at Université du Québec à Montréal, and his works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The Côte-Vertu Métro station, inaugurated in 1986, contains his artwork Relief, négatif positif, consisting of two stainless-steel murals.

Yves Trudeau is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and became a member of the Order of Canada in 1995.
Presentation of the artwork
Place de l’An-2000 is occupied by a sculptural grouping composed of three elements evoking the advent of the new millennium and the rural past of Ville Saint-Laurent. First, an aluminum pyramidal structure presents, on each of its faces, a metal plaque on which are engraved the words “culture,” “technologie,” “industrie,” “commerce,” and “prospérité.” A vault, containing 150 objects offered by residents, is inside the pyramid, evoking the success of Ville Saint-Laurent. Parvis et portail # 22 is situated in the centre of the square. It brings together two vertical elements made of polished aluminum, oriented in opposite directions, to point to the old and new sectors of Ville Saint-Laurent. Finally, a rusted ploughshare, its furrows lost in the pavement, evokes the city’s rural past.

With Parvis et portail # 22, the artist was inspired by Gothic style. He has used the arch to represent the passage of time in a series of artworks begun in 1987; in 1993, the artist said, about arches, “Calm, serene hieratic figures far from being repellent or macabre, a nobility emanates from them. They invoke a raising of the spirit and meditation through their verticality.” 1

1. Letocha, Louise, and Yves Trudeau, Yves Trudeau. Parvis et portails, catalogue for the exhibition presented at Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, 25 April to 15 May 1993 (Québec City: Éditions de la Canoterie), p. 3 (our translation).
Associated events
To underline the change of millennium, in 1999 the Ville de Saint-Laurent launched a competition for integration of a work of public art into a public square. The winner of the competition, titled “Notre millénaire, le Meilleur est à venir” (Our millennium, the best is yet to come), was Yves Trudeau.
Yves Trudeau
Yves Trudeau received his training at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. In 1960, he was one of the founders of the Association des sculpteurs du Québec, which later became the Conseil de la sculpture du Québec. He taught at Université du Québec à Montréal, and his works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The Côte-Vertu Métro station, inaugurated in 1986, contains his artwork Relief, négatif positif, consisting of two stainless-steel murals.

Yves Trudeau is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and became a member of the Order of Canada in 1995.
Detail
Variation of title
Place de l'an 2000
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Installation
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2000
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Welded; polished
Materials
Aluminum; steel
General dimensions
492 x 575 x 1000 cm
Manufacturer
  • Atelier H. Fontaine
Parvis et portail #22
Borough
Saint-Laurent
Park
Place de l’an 2000