Cache-Cache, La Chasse Aux Totems - CODAworx

Cache-Cache, La Chasse Aux Totems

Submitted by Patrick Berube

Client: Sainte-Justine, Montreal Children Hospital

Location: Montréal, QC, Canada

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Jean-François Gagnon

Atelier du Bronze Denis-Gagnon


Jean-Pierre Letourneux

Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architects

Public Art Agent

Ministry of Culture and Communications, Integration of Arts and Architecture, 1%


Aluminium, paint, variables dimensions. Entirely made of aluminium, the work is fragmented into 7 parts. Designed like « totems », the sculptures represent the different figures found inside the reception panel. Superimposed on each other, they are made up of geometric shapes, animals, objects and the environment associated with them. However, there is something wrong…. It seems that they are not presented in a logical order and that they are playing hide and seek. Children and visitors are then invited to look for them, identify them or simply discover them, by chance. Colorful, they are very visible and easy to recognize. Like landmarks, they surprise more than one and even guide some visitors. Totems are primarily emblems, protectors or lucky charms. For the scouts, they can also be rallying signs – In doing so, these « sculpture-totems » become sorts of protectors for sick children.


This work was created for a Montreal Children Hospital (Sainte-Justine Hospital), and intended to be a fun and uplifting experience for the children who spend time in this hospital.


I worked with the foundry "L'atelier du Bronze Denis Gagnon" to create and assemble the pieces.

Additional Information

This work does a lot of good for children, but also for parents. I've received a lot of comments and testimonials from parents who tell me how much the works made them forget their pain for a little while.