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Claude Millette

Trame d'appel

Presentation of the artwork
The work stands in front of Pavillon Vincent-Lecavalier. Previously situated behind the pavilion, in 2012 it was moved and enhanced to make it more easily accessible to residents. The work is composed of three modules made of blue-painted steel bolted to oval-shaped granite bases. Each module is in the shape of the Greek letter pi and is inclined from the vertical axis. The modules are of different heights, and a metal grid fills the space between the vertical elements of the two smaller modules.

The work tests the limits of balance, combining the brute strength of the material with an evocation of movement that destabilizes perception. The formal rigidity of the components is counterbalanced by the curves, the colour, and the piercings suggested by the trellis, which offer points of access to the environment. The placement of the three elements suggests a movement of rising, like an appeal made to the imagination. The tallest module is the most complete, and it makes the appeal most meaningful, through its movement toward the sky.
Associated events
The work was created during Sculpture: Séduction 90, an event that took place in 16 Montréal Urban Community parks from 15 June to 30 September 1990. Organized by the Conseil de la sculpture du Québec, its goal was to present “a permanent itinerary of large-format sculptures integrated with the environment of municipal parks.”
Claude Millette
Claude Millette, born in Saint-Hyacinthe, received his education at the École de sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, complemented by apprenticing internships with Robert Poulin and Jordi Bonet. His works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are in the collections of, among others, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée d’art de Joliette, and the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Among the 20 works of public art that he has produced is L’amphore cryogénique, created for a commission by the Ville de Pointe-Claire to mark the new millennium. The artwork includes a time capsule.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse: Ministère des relations internationales, 1998
  • Bourse: Ministère des relations internationales, 1996
  • Bourse: Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, soutien à la création., 1993
  • Bourse: Ministère des Affaires culturelles, Gouvernement du Québec, soutien à la création., 1991
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Accession date
January 1, 2002
Welding; painting; installation by chemical anchoring
Steel; granite
General dimensions
400 x 365 x 183 cm
  • J & R Weir ltée
Trame d'appel
Pavillon Vincent Lecavalier
Parc Eugène-Dostie
Civic address
500, montée de l'Église, Montréal