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Jocelyne Alloucherie

Regarder les pommetiers

2007
Presentation of the artwork
Set in the Montréal Botanical Garden’s collection of apple trees, a sculpture composed of three vertical volumes of Corten steel and two horizontal blocks of granite that are slightly concave at the top offer a window that opens to the nature surrounding it.

The title, Regarder les pommetiers (Look at the Apple Trees), is a direct invitation to contemplation. Embracing its vocation of mediator between nature and culture, the artwork borrows from architecture to provide a frame through which viewers are encouraged to consider the aesthetic qualities of the surrounding landscape. Like a photographic device, it focuses the gaze and accentuates the value of this environment.

The presence of the artwork also encourages visitors to take a break. The artist has in fact designed the artwork as a stopping place – a space to sit, relax, and observe. “I tried . . . to create a contemporary work that leads us to look at certain points of view more intensely: a welcoming element, offering a moment of rest on a given itinerary, where the gaze is projected and wanders with more intensity and attention to certain chosen views.” 1


1. Jocelyne Alloucherie, project submission, July 2006 (our translation).
Associated events
The artwork is the result of a public commission by the Ville de Montréal to mark the 75th anniversary of the Montreal Botanical Garden, the famous institution founded by Brother Marie-Victorin. Recognized for its 22,000 plant species and cultivars and ten exhibition greenhouses, the Botanical Garden is considered one of the most important in the world. It also contains ten works of public art that contribute, in their way, to people’s comprehension of and integration with nature.
Jocelyne Alloucherie
With degrees in arts from Université Laval and Concordia University, Jocelyne Alloucherie provokes a perceptible experience of the ephemeral and the immutable through drawing, photography, sculpture, and painting.

Her work is included in major public collections in Canada and abroad. Some of her artworks are also found in the public space, notably at York University in Toronto and Collège Gérald-Godin in Montréal.
Awards and honours
  • Ordre du Canada, 2008
  • Prix Jean-Paul Riopelle, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2006
  • Prix de l'Association des publications canadiennes pour Artist Project dans Canadian Art, 2004
  • Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, 2002
  • Prix des arts visuels, Gouverneur général du Canada, 2000
  • Prix Louis-Philippe-Hébert, Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, 1997
  • DAAD Der Deutsch Akademisch Austausdienst, Berlin, 1997
  • Prix Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1989
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Installation
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2007
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal (competition by public notice)
Accession date
August 31 2006
Technique(s)
Carved; assembled
Materials
Corten steel; granite
General dimensions
294 x 600 x 182
Manufacturer
  • NCK Inc
  • Vallée, G. L. / Les granits Montval
Regarder les pommetiers
Borough
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Building
Jardin botanique
Park
Jardin botanique
Civic address
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (QC) H1X 2B2