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Pierre Leblanc

Signal pour Takis

1986
Presentation of the artwork
Signal pour Takis was created in the summer of 1986, but the artwork was actually completed only in 1988, when it was installed at its current site in Parc René-Lévesque, where it is now completely integrated. A breach has been opened in a grassy knoll. Two metal walls border this trench; they are formed of screwed panels numbered from 01 to 06 and from 001 to 006. Their sturdiness, size, and industrial look evoke a ship’s hull, and steel beams are sunk into the ground at an angle that refers to the hoists used to unload cargos from ships. The space between the steel walls is filled by a pile of stones.

The title refers to the contemporary Greek sculptor Takis, who produced a cycle of artworks, titled Signal, in which vertical lines dominate. Leblanc is thus paying tribute to an artist whom he considers a pioneer of contemporary sculpture.
Associated events
Signal pour Takis was produced for the second Symposium de la sculpture de Lachine, “L’an II – Lachine, carrefour de l’art et de l’industrie, an event organized by the Lachine Canal in summer 1986.
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
Signal pour Takis was created in the summer of 1986, but the artwork was actually completed only in 1988, when it was installed at its current site in Parc René-Lévesque, where it is now completely integrated. A breach has been opened in a grassy knoll. Two metal walls border this trench; they are formed of screwed panels numbered from 01 to 06 and from 001 to 006. Their sturdiness, size, and industrial look evoke a ship’s hull, and steel beams are sunk into the ground at an angle that refers to the hoists used to unload cargos from ships. The space between the steel walls is filled by a pile of stones.

The title refers to the contemporary Greek sculptor Takis, who produced a cycle of artworks, titled Signal, in which vertical lines dominate. Leblanc is thus paying tribute to an artist whom he considers a pioneer of contemporary sculpture.
Associated events
Signal pour Takis was produced for the second Symposium de la sculpture de Lachine, “L’an II – Lachine, carrefour de l’art et de l’industrie, an event organized by the Lachine Canal in summer 1986.
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
Installation
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1986
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Welded; bolted
Materials
Steel; granite; concrete
General dimensions
850 x 900 x 2000 cm
Signal pour Takis
Borough
Lachine
Park
Parc René-Lévesque
Civic address
Chemin du canal