Presentation of the artworkThis sculptural grouping is situated in the area in front of maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée on either side of a footpath leading to the building. The artwork consists of a pryamid made of concrete layers linked by a cable to a triangular steel wall. For the artist, the pryamid symbolizes “the agoras in ancient public squares” (presentation portfolio, 1986). The cable that links the two elements, under tension, seems to dissect the upper corner of the steel plate. This arrangement, amplified when night falls by a lighting system, reveals a black-and-yellow isosceles triangle that is reminiscent of a traffic sign and contrasts with the raw finish of the materials used. Also highlighted by illumination, a small half-open gate makes it possible to pass through the steel structure. This playful element invites people to interact with the artwork. The resulting blurring of scale, given the small size of the door, is a recurrent aspect of Lamarche’s sculptural practice.
Associated eventsThis work was commissioned through competition in 1986, at the time of the acquisition by the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal of the former Centenaire de la Paix school, which became Centre Jean-Marie-Gauvreau. The artwork was produced under the Québec government’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement when the building was renovated to become a home to arts and cultural organizations.
Multidisciplinary artist Claude Lamarche has been active in Quebec and internationally for more than three decades. He is known for having co-founded the experimental-art studio INTER X SECTION in Montreal in the late 1970s, and for having participated in numerous art-performance and sculpture events, including the Symposium international de sculpture environnementale de Chicoutimi in 1980, Les Cent jours d’art contemporain du CIAC in 1986, and the first Festival international d’art-performance de Porto in Portugal.
Awards and honours
- Mention du public pour le film documentaire de la performance SPLASH, Festival International des films dur l'art (FIFA), 1981