L’herbier médicinal de Pehr Kalm (Pehr Kalm’s Herbarium)

Submitted by Bill Vincent

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Client: The Pierre-Dupré Public Health Clinic, Baie-Saint-Paul

Location: Baie-Saint-Paul, QC Canada, QC, Canada

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $73,500

Project Team

Industry Resource

FOL Art Public

Public Art Agent

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Artist

Bill Vincent

Overview

An herbarium of local medicinal plants printed on side-lit (LED) plexiglas panels was installed in the windows of the three-story glass stairwell of the health clinic.

Goals

The famous Swedish botanist and explorer Pehr Kalm visited the Baie-Saint-Paul region in Québec in the 18th century and made an inventory of local medicinal plants. I wanted to make the public aware this historical event by presenting in this work some examples the plants mentioned in his travel journal. The work is visible from the street as well as from inside the clinic.

Process

The artist designed the artwork and electrical system, photographed and scanned local plants and had them printed on plexiglas by the plexiglas supplier. Aluminum structure built by FOL: Art Public workshop in Quebec City . Installation by artist and FOL Art Public

Additional Information

Archival information and access to manuscripts provided by Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm, et The Linnean Society of London, London . Project part of Quebec Provincial 1% Public Art Program, which applies to all provincial governmental building in the Province of Quebec, Canada