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J.L. Mott

Sculpture-fontaine, square Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier

Presentation of the artwork
Situated in the centre of a fenced-in area, this sculpture-fountain made of industrial cast iron is installed in a concrete basin. The quadrangular base is topped by a column with ornaments in plant and bird motifs. At the top of the grouping, two cherubs fight over a flute; they stand in the centre of a bowl from which water flows into a second, larger bowl.

This type of fountain was ordered by catalogue; the purchaser chose the different pieces, which were assembled to result in a customized composition. Two fountains composed of these heritage elements are in the Ville de Montréal’s collection of works of public art: the fountain in Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Square and the one in Saint-Louis Square.

J. L. Mott Iron Works was founded in New York in 1828 by Jordan L. Mott. The foundry’s catalogue included ovens and domestic plumbing parts, as well as structural and ornamental elements for public fountains. At the Philadelphia World Fair in 1876, the foundry exhibited a 7.5-metre-high cast-iron fountain. Its basin, more than 3 metres in diameter, was recognized as the largest cast-iron basin in the United States.
Associated events
Following the annexation of the Ville de Saint-Henri by the Ville de Montréal in 1905, a park was created in the western part of the neighbourhood, on the site of the abattoirs. The sculpture-fountain was part of the redevelopment and was installed in the centre of the park when it was officially inaugurated in 1912.
J.L. Mott
Presentation of the artwork
Situated in the centre of a fenced-in area, this sculpture-fountain made of industrial cast iron is installed in a concrete basin. The quadrangular base is topped by a column with ornaments in plant and bird motifs. At the top of the grouping, two cherubs fight over a flute; they stand in the centre of a bowl from which water flows into a second, larger bowl.

This type of fountain was ordered by catalogue; the purchaser chose the different pieces, which were assembled to result in a customized composition. Two fountains composed of these heritage elements are in the Ville de Montréal’s collection of works of public art: the fountain in Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Square and the one in Saint-Louis Square.

J. L. Mott Iron Works was founded in New York in 1828 by Jordan L. Mott. The foundry’s catalogue included ovens and domestic plumbing parts, as well as structural and ornamental elements for public fountains. At the Philadelphia World Fair in 1876, the foundry exhibited a 7.5-metre-high cast-iron fountain. Its basin, more than 3 metres in diameter, was recognized as the largest cast-iron basin in the United States.
Associated events
Following the annexation of the Ville de Saint-Henri by the Ville de Montréal in 1905, a park was created in the western part of the neighbourhood, on the site of the abattoirs. The sculpture-fountain was part of the redevelopment and was installed in the centre of the park when it was officially inaugurated in 1912.
J.L. Mott
Detail
Variation of title
Sculpture-fontaine du square G.-É. Cartier
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Mode of acquisition:
Purchase
Materials
Cast iron
General dimensions
650 x 205 cm
Manufacturer
  • Mott, J.L. / Iron Works
Sculpture-fontaine, square Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier
Borough
Le Sud-Ouest
Park
Square Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier