Michèle Lapointe lives and works in Montréal. She has created about a dozen public art pieces in the Montréal region since 1986. They include sculptures and murals for schools, CLSCs and cultural spaces. In addition to public art, the artist pursues a career both in Québec and internationally, exhibiting solo and as part of a group in celebrated spaces. Her work is part of major museum collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée du verre de Sars-Poteries en France. She also teaches at the Espace VERRE school-studio, which offers college-level education in the crafts, specializing in glasswork.
The 45 29 40 + 8 73 37 30 + 8 wall sculpture symbolizes a wind rose. It shows the four cardinal points and the latitude and longitude position of the École Primaire Simonne-Monet. This reference to the geographical location of the school reinforces the connection between the art and the building on which it is located. Like a wind vane, in the past a wind rose was installed on top of buildings, a display of vernacular art in the public space. Similarly, with this piece the artist offers art, in this case contemporary, for all to see.