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Works of art

Monumental and evocative

Public art is a special part of the ExpoCité landscape. Striking pieces rooted in Québec City’s history and identity beautify the spaces and catch the eye. Harmoniously integrated into the architecture and venue use, these pieces reflect ExpoCité’s modern and unifying image.

Comment vivent les renards dans la clairière laurentienne

This creation by the Demers-Mesnard artistic pair showcases fiddleheads and the red fox. This edible plant symbolizes the local culture of fresh cuisine and gardening, while the animal points us toward Quebec’s forests. 

The 20-foot stems appear to be straining toward the light of the skylights above while 12 tiny foxes climb upward. Placed at the entrance to Le Grand Marché, this piece is accessible, unifying and lively. Harmoniously integrated into its environment, it invites visitors to stop a moment to admire the surrounding architecture, while imagining themselves in a forest clearing in the Laurentians.

They can view the work from the ground floor, but also from the pedestrian ramps to the first floor. There, they can see the details of the moulded sticks and the small mammals on their way up.

Grand Marché de Québec — 2019

La Rencontre

La Rencontre is the largest cast bronze sculpture in Canada. Created by the Cooke-Sasseville, artistic duo, it is remarkable in its monumental and emblematic nature and has become a major geographic reference point.

The sculpture consists of two young white-tailed deer perfectly balanced one on top of another with hooves touching. Like a reflection on an iced-over lake, their mirror images symbolize competitive sports and back-and-forth conversation. The deer reminds visitors of the forest not so far off from Québec City.  The base, adorned with ice skate cuts, is reminiscent of the Limoilou district’s traditional stair rails.

Place Jean-Béliveau — 2017

Le grand bleu du Nord

The majestic piece by Quebec artist Jonathan Villeneuve is set up inside the Centre Vidéotron’s large entrance hall. As soon as visitors walk through the doors, they are plunged into a unique immersive space.

Covering nearly 372 m2, the luminescent blue matrix reminds visitors of wind and snow blowing over Quebec’s winter landscapes. The interactive art piece’s play of lights changes intensity depending on the number of people moving around the hall.

Videotron Centre – 2015

Rêves en fête

At the top of 12 masts float huge white ribbons placed in a circle. These entertaining objects appear to reach out to the public, bow, try to touch one another, with lively movements lit by colourful lights. The work conveys Québec City’s spirit: reserved, classy and pleasant, but also lively and energetic. Two sculpted stainless steel benches complete artist Michel Goulet’s installation piece, lending a festive air to the entrance to the Centre de foires de Québec.

Outside the Centre de foires – 2012

Éclosion

From a distance, the large stalks of Jean-Pierre Morin’s piece look like arms thrown up in the air in celebration, like at a concert or sports event. Get close to the aluminium structure to take stock of another dimension of Morin’s artwork. There, you’ll see a nest or a protective corolla, sheltering a being about to be born.

 

Outside the Centre de foires – 1997

Equa

Its muzzle turned toward the pedestrians making their way to the Centre Vidéotron, the bronze horse sculpted by François Léger is captivating by its gentle stillness. The animal is resting on its side, hoofs delicately tucked beneath it. It invites passers-by to relax, knowing all is well. The sculpture also represents the many agricultural fairs that were once held on this site.

Pedestrian link to Place Jean-Béliveau - 1997

Commemorative hockey walkway 2018–2022

Commemorating hockey, the new walkway at Place Jean-Béliveau will highlight five important periods in the history of this sport in Québec City: the Bulldogs de Québec team, the As de Québec, the Remparts, the Nordiques in the World Hockey Association and the Nordiques in the National Hockey League. By 2022, five bold and contemporary works of art will be installed south of the Pavillon de la jeunesse.

Briser la glace

Created by sculptor Éric Lapointe, Briser la glace pays tribute to Jean Béliveau and the As de Québec, the professional hockey team based in the Colisée de Québec from 1928 to 1971. The imposing 28-foot sculpture captures the larger-than-life nature of the player nicknamed “Gros Bill.” Thanks to the piece’s complex planes and angles evoking this player’s quick changes in direction, the anamorphic work of art shifts and evolves as we move around it. Visitors are invited to stand on the puck on the forecourt to see the legendary player’s face emerge.

Place Jean-Béliveau – 2018

Toucher la cible

A second work of art will be unveiled in the hockey commemoration walkway in 2019. Created by the Pierre&Marie art collective, Toucher la cible portrays the three Stastny brothers in a table hockey game, a hat-tip to the collective imagination and popular culture in the 80s when the Slovakian brothers’ career was at its peak.

Place Jean-Béliveau - 2019

Tribute to Joe Malone

Once the top scorer for the Bulldogs de Québec, Joe Malone will be the next hockey legend to be immortalized on the hockey commemoration walkway, alongside Jean Béliveau and the Stastny brothers. The captain of the Bulldogs won more than 46% of public votes. Born in the Québec City suburb of Sillery and considered the city’s first sports hero, Malone scored seven goals in a single 1920 game, a record that still stands today. This artistic tribute to Joe Malone will be inaugurated in the summer of 2020.

Place Jean-Béliveau — 2020