Neighbourhood - Commemorative and public art

Les leçons singulières, volet 1


Project

When the municipal administration decided to redesign Place Roy in 1990, it launched a competition for the city's first public art commission since Expo 67. The theme was “water, essential element”. This artwork, Les leçons singulières, includes a second component, installed at the Belvédère Léo-Ayotte on the edge of La Fontaine Park. Roy Street provides a direct connection between the two.

For the Place Roy site, where horses once stopped to drink from a trough, sculptor Michel Goulet created a fountain decorated by a world map. The five continents are set in a spacious basin. Water flows continually over the four sides, recalling oceans, lakes and rivers.

The artist's installation also includes nine chairs scattered haphazardly around the square. Passers-by seeking to sit down are surprised by the fact that only three of them actually have seats. The others are non-functional, designed to emphasize simple objects, which are placed underneath or beside the chair, or where the seat would be. The chair-sculptures include a model house, a spiral, wheels, a labyrinth, a funnel and a puzzle.

The sculptor invites us on a voyage, to dream, in a world where everything is possible.

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Michel Goulet's "Leçons singulières, volet 1"

© Michel Goulet, © Direction du développement culturel, Ville de Montréal, © Héritage Montréal

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Model of Michel Goulet's "Leçons singulières, volet 1"
Ville de Montréal

17.4 cm x 12.6 cm
© Michel Goulet, © Direction du développement culturel, Ville de Montréal, © Héritage Montréal

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Model of Michel Goulet's "Leçons singulières, volet 1"
Ville de Montréal

17.2 cm x 12.6 cm
© Michel Goulet, © Direction du développement culturel, Ville de Montréal, © Héritage Montréal

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Michel Goulet's "Leçons singulières, volet 1"
2001
© Michel Goulet, © Direction du développement culturel, Ville de Montréal, © Héritage Montréal