Arch

Submitted by Michel de Broin

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Client: City of Montreal

Location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Completion date: 2009

Project Team

Artist

Michel de Broin

Studio Michel de Broin

City of Montreal

Commissioner

Overview

High performance concrete, stainless steel, 280 x 472 x 127 cm
Floralies Gardens, parc Jean-Drapeau, Notre Dame Island, City of Montreal

Arch represents a curved tree whose canopy seeks the soil of its origin. Commissioned to commemorate Salvador Allende, and by extension the Chilean community, this sculpture acts as an open metaphor, evoking the respected politician’s words: “I am sure that the seed that we now plant in the dignified conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans cannot be definitively buried […] History is ours and the people will make it.”

Goals

The circular line that draws the arch was designed to suggest an organic relation between the past and the present, as well as a site for circulation, meditation, and contemplation. Its presence in the park creates a subtle and effective formal dissonance with the surrounding trees.