Integration of artwork
The works of two Quebec artists have been installed in the Hélène Desmarais Building, in keeping with the policy set out by Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications on the integration of art into architecture and environment.
Mappemonde by Nicolas Baier
This two-dimensional work forms an immense bas-relief sculpted from Corian, a composite material made from mineral matter and acrylic resin. Monochromatic and intricately detailed, Mappemonde reproduces a complex, multifaceted arborescence, symbolizing the fusion of progress and heritage. This contemplative sculpture borders a greenspace brought to life by the changing seasons. It can be viewed from the building’s indoor public spaces, through a glass wall.
Location: Exterior wall of the Famille Germain-Benoît garden, located at the intersection of the main corridors, Level 3.
Dimensions: 17 m (width) x 4.54 m (height)
Who is Nicolas Baier?
Nicolas Baier lives and works in Montréal, where he was born in 1967. Baier earned his BFA at Concordia University in 1994 and has since shown his works in cities such as Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Madrid, Paris, New York, Cologne, and Brussels.
He has been part of several group exhibitions, including “Oh Canada”, which was produced at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012. He has created a number of public works of art in Quebec.
His works can be found in public and private collections:
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- National Gallery of Canada
- Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec
- National Bank of Canada
He is represented by Division Gallery in Montréal, Toronto and New York.
See the sculpture take shape in the workshop
Théâtralité contextuelle, by Ludovic Boney
This monumental sculpture built from colourful aluminum-plated tubes hangs in the atrium and unfurls over four levels. The viewer’s perception will change with their vantage point due to the optical effect of the installation. The bright colours and reflective materials used in the sculpture bring life to the space and playfully interact with the building’s architecture as the light changes throughout the day.
Location: Atrium (on the René-Lévesque Ouest side).
Dimensions: 6 m (width) x 8.9 m (depth) x 19.8 m (height)
Who is Ludovic Boney?
Ludovic Boney was born in 1981 in Wendake, a Huron village near the city of Québec where he grew up and studied. After completing his studies in sculpture in 2002, he worked with four other artists to cofound the artistic workshop Bloc 5, where he produced his first public art projects, both solo and collaborative. He moved to Lévis in 2015, where he continues to work on large-scale public art projects and regularly presents his work in art galleries and artist centres, including A Space Gallery in Toronto and Le Lieu in Québec.
Some of his recent works include:
- Une cosmologie sans genèse at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
- Loess at the Cogeco Amphitheatre in Trois-Rivières
- A sculpture installed at the Percé Geopark