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Public art tour

What is public art?

Many types of artistic creations are grouped under the term “public art”, including sculpture, commemorative monuments, murals and landscape creations. What they have in common is that they have been created in relation to the particular characteristics of a site or place and are accessible to all. Thus the works are found in a public place, integrated with the architecture or the scenery, to grace the green spaces or the buildings, or simply to be used as street furnishings.

Public art

Since the beginning of the third millennium, ten or so works of public art have made their appearance in Mont-Tremblant, mainly in municipal parks and buildings. Most of these works are part of the Ville’s art collection, created to mark a significant event, an anniversary, the construction of a new building, and so on. Some, however, were initiated by the artists themselves, or by local organizations, such as the local historical organization called SOPABIC (Société du patrimoine du bassin inférieur de la Rouge et de la chaîne géologique du mont Tremblant) and the Club Richelieu. All were imagined and brought into being by recognized artists.  

This section of the website was produced by the Ville’s Culture and Recreation Department (Service de la culture et des loisirs de la Ville de Mont-Tremblant) thanks to a financial contribution deriving from a cultural development agreement entered into by the Ville de Mont-Tremblant and the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.

Leaflet (in French)

  • Abreuvoir

    Artist:              André Campeau, 2010
    Materials:        Cedar wood and floating pine roots, piping
    Dimensions:   1.22 x 0.61 x 5.13 metres
    Location:        Parc du Curé-Deslauriers

    In the small French village of Châtel  in Haute-Savoie, which is twinned with Mont-Tremblant, several typical drinking troughs allow cows to quench their thirst as they are being taken, through the streets of the Commune, to pasture in the high mountains.

    In 1993 the people of Châtel decided to offer the people of Mont-Tremblant a piece of their heritage: they came here with four sculptor-woodworkers who built a drinking trough of the kind found in their part of the world. Unfortunately, the trough deteriorated over the years, so in 2010 the Ville de Mont-Tremblant asked Mont-Tremblant sculptor-carpenter André Campeau to completely remake it. As a person who has always been passionate about the shapes and the “soul” of the floating wood he finds on the banks and shores of the region’s rivers and lakes, the artist decided to use this material to create a drinking fountain that looks like a deer, thus marrying the two cultures.

    For each of the projects he has undertaken over the past more than 30 years, André Campeau has ranged the region’s waterways listening to the thousand and one secrets of this ancient material which holds such inestimable richness.

  • Élévation

    Artist:             Luis Paniagua, 2012
    Material:          Corten steel 
    Dimensions:   10.97 x 2.44 x 2.44 m
    Location:        Parc au Fil-de-l'Eau (behind city hall)

    Created to pay tribute to the participating athletes and immortalize the winners of the IRONMAN® competitions, this pyramidal tower in Corten steel symbolizes the mountain for which Mont-Tremblant is famous around the world. It also refers to the three disciplines of this extreme triathlon held in Mont-Tremblant since 2012, as well as to the three hubs of the Ville where the competitions take place.

    The sculptor, Luis Paniagua, originally from Salamanca, Spain, has lived in the Laurentians since 1975. While over the years he has explored many materials, he is particularly fond of wood, from white pine to black walnut by way of many other woods. The artist has long abandoned galleries, but in recent years his monumental works with their rounded shapes, inspired by the human body and by nature, have been available for viewing in the late lamented Grange des arts/Art Barn and in the Place de la Gare in Mont-Tremblant’s Old Village.

    For more information about the artist and his work, visit lindarts.com/wp/sculpteure/paniagua-luis

     

  • Les Marches du temps

    Artist:              Catherine Widgery, 2003
    Materials:        Stone, vegetation
    Dimensions:   2.43 x 5.49 x 16.46 metres
    Location:        Parc du Voyageur, downtown Mont-Tremblant

    Les Marches du temps is a hybrid work integrating the concepts of mountainous and urban landscapes. While it refers to the winding path taken by the railway Le P'tit Train du Nord, the work, made up of several mounds of rock, is sometimes the echo of a building, sometimes a passage open to the landscape, and sometimes an alley leading to the Beattie-des-Pins heritage site. The name means “The steps of time”.

    American artist Catherine Widgery is responsible here for one of the many works of public art that she has created in the course of her prolific career.

    For more information about the artist and her work, visit www.widgery.com

  • Les migrants de l'espace

    Artist:              René Derouin, 2005
    Materials:        Aluminium, ceramic, mirror
    Dimensions:   2 metres in diameter
    Location:        Inside the Samuel-Ouimet library 

    This hanging installation, made up of a circular tray on which persons appear to be moving, deals with themes dear to the artist: wandering, mixing of peoples, and the territory. It was created when the Samuel-Ouimet Library was being built, in the context of the policy for the integration of art with the architecture and environment of government and public sites and buildings. The name means “The space migrants”.

    Born in Montreal in 1936, René Derouin practices his art on the North-American continent, more specifically in Val-David, where both his workshop and the Fondation René Derouin, an organization he created mainly to organize art-nature symposiums, are located.

    For more information about artist and his work, visit renederouin.com and the jardinsduprecambrien.com

  • Les voies du coeur

    Artist:              Diane Gonthier, 2010
    Materiel:          Felt
    Dimensions:   2.44 x 1.83 metres
    Location:        At city hall in the corridor leading to the Samuel-Ouimet library

    Made from local raw wool, from her own flock of sheep, this work by Diane Gonthier explores the highly sculptural potential of felt to create a metaphor for human, social and environmental connections. Les Voies du cœur (The ways of the heart) is one of three Œuvres sœurs (Sister works) which she created to promote a rapprochement between the Ville de Mont-Tremblant and local community organizations. The other two works are in the premises of Association Clair-Soleil and Amitient. The project speaks to the singular vision of the Laurentians artist, which transforms the craft object into an object of reflection and exchange.

    The approach of Diane Gonthier, who has participated in group exhibitions in Québec, Canada and abroad, “comes literally from the felt of her boots”. She knows her medium…and makes it known to as many as possible through public demonstrations, teaching, conferences, and more. With her, felt demonstrates its enormous artistic potential.  

    A native of the Laurentians, Diane Gonthier did her training in textiles twenty or so years ago in England. After completing several specialized internships in the United States and having obtained a Certificate in Fibre Arts from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, she completed a Master’s degree in spinning from Ontario Hand Weavers and Spinners.

    For more information about the artist and her work, visit savoir-faire-textile.com

  • Monument Club Richelieu

    Artists:            Laurent and Nicolas Godon with the participation of Michael Bergstaller, 2011
    Materials:        Iron, stone
    Dimensions:   3.05 x 3.66 x 2.44 metres
    Location:        On Boulevard du Docteur-Gervais, near Curé-Mercure high school

    The base of this work, a 16-tonne rock, supports a planet Earth made of wrought iron to which are attached five children representing the five continents, united and interdependent. Offered by the Ville de Mont-Tremblant to the Club Richelieu on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the work is a reminder of the commitment of this international movement to its community, to youth, and to French-speaking countries and communities.

    The work was designed and created by Mont-Tremblant artists Laurent Godon, well known ice sculptor, and his son Nicolas Godon, with the participation of Ste-Adele sculptor Michael Bergstaller.

    Laurent Godon, a professional ice sculptor, held the Guinness Book of World Records title as the world’s fastest sculptor from 1992 to 1996. His son Nicolas is now following in his footsteps.

    For more information about the artist and his work, visit www.laurentgodon.com

  • Monument des Pionniers

    Artist              Alain-Marie Tremblay, 2014
    Materials        Ceramic, bricks, mortar
    Dimensions   3.3 x 1.5 x 2.1 metres
    Location        Parc de la Paix, downtown Mont-Tremblant

    This work was erected in 2014 to replace the original work, created in 2000 at the initiative of this area’s historical society, SOPABIC, to highlight the coming of the third millennium and to pay tribute to the local pioneers. It integrates several ceramic bas-reliefs depicting the era of parish priests Labelle and Ouimet. The bas-reliefs also illustrate the history and cultural heritage of the municipality, while evoking the arches of triumph that were built in earlier times to celebrate victory and success.

    Alain-Marie Tremblay, a resident of Val-Morin, is one of Québec’s best-known ceramists and has several works of public art to his credit, among other things.

     

    For more information about the artist and his work, visit http://betonique.com/

  • Réduire

    Artist:              William (Bill) Vazan, 2003
    Material:          Sand-blasted stone
    Dimensions:   12.10 x 15.20 x 9.10 m
    Location:        On a rock face that is part of the base of Mont Tremblant, the mountain

    Considered a work of land art, Réduire (Reduce) was created in the context of the contemporary art event called La Ligne du Nord. Bill Vazan, an internationally-known Canadian artist, engraved the rock face using a sand-blaster, creating a network of lines evocative of the Mont Tremblant ski trails. This work, which is part of the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent collection, can be admired by approaching it on foot or by travelling over it in the gondola

    William (Bill) Vazan is a pillar of Québec visual art. A standout figure in the fields of conceptual art, land art and photographic montage, his multi-faceted body of work, created over a period of 40 years, arises from many different disciplines including sculpture, drawing, painting, performance and photography.

    For more information about the artist and his work, visit www.beaux-arts.ca and www.mbsl.qc.ca [...]

  • saut à travers le temps

    Artist              Luis Paniagua, 1996
    Materials        Forged, galvanized and painted steel
    Dimensions   2.74 x 1.83 x 0.91 metres
    Location        On the north wall of the Fairmont Tremblant hotel

    Emerging quite literally from one of the walls of the building, an enormous ski-jumper becomes a sundial. The Fairmont Tremblant hotel commissioned Luis Paniagua to create the work Saut à travers le temps (A leap through time). The curious visitor will also discover, in the entry of the hotel, a monumental work created by the same artist, in the same period, illustrating the legend of “la chass-galerie” – the flying canoe.

    The sculptor, Luis Paniagua, originally from Salamanca, Spain, has lived in the Laurentians since 1975. While over the years he has explored many materials, he is particularly fond of wood, from white pine to black walnut by way of many other woods. The artist has long abandoned galleries, but in recent years his monumental works with their rounded shapes, inspired by the human body and by nature, have been available for viewing in the late lamented Grange des arts/Art Barn and in the Place de la Gare in Mont-Tremblant’s Old Village.

    For more information about the artist and his work, visit http://lindarts.com [...]

  • Un train d'enfer

    Artist              Roch Lanthier, 2013
    Material          Stainless steel
    Dimensions   0.60 x 0.765 x 5.1 m 
    Location        Parc du Voyageur, in downtown Mont-Tremblant 

    Created in the context of the project Laurentides... Aujourd'hui pour demain (Laurentians…Today for tomorrow) initiated by Signature Laurentides, this work is inspired by the legend of “la chasse-galerie” – the flying canoe. The name means “A train from hell” and the work evokes, as well, the importance of the railroad in the development of Mont-Tremblant and area. It is installed close to the former site of the Saint-Jovite train station (which was moved to 855 Rue de Saint-Jovite some years ago).

    A native of the Laurentians, Roch Lanthier, whose art is much inspired by nature, lives and works in Prévost.

    For more information about the artist and his work, visit www.lanthierrobitaille.com

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