The City of Montréal’s Public Art Bureau : The prestigious Bonaventure gateway to downtown Montréal will be enhanced with a work of public art created by the internationally known artistJaume Plensa. Montréal will receive this artwork for its 375th anniversary thanks to the contribution of two major patrons, France Chrétien Desmarais and André Desmarais.
This collaboration for a public art project created by an international artist is a first forMontréal. The agreement concluded between the patrons and the City of Montréal provides for the loan of the work of public art Source by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa for a minimum duration of 25 years.
A monumental artwork at a strategic site
Since 2011, like a growing number of large cities, Montréal has undertaken the major project of demolishing an elevated expressway in the heart of the city and replacing it with an urban boulevard, thus reintegrating neighbourhoods that had been enclaved and re-energizing an entire district. Situated at the intersection with Wellington Street, at the southern threshold of the future Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, this artwork will become an important reference point for the city.
The sculpture Source will be about 10 metres in height and will face the city. Currently in the design stage, the work will be inaugurated in September 2017 during the celebrations of the375th anniversary of Montréal.
“This work will make for a majestic gateway to Montréal’s downtown and contribute to the city’s image,” stated the mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre. “This monumental artwork will brilliantly complement the development of this new stretch of road and create a gateway to downtown that is prestigious, functional, and friendly.”