In 1991, Richard Purdy founded the Les industries perdues collective; François Hébert joined the same year. Each has a master’s degree in visual arts and a good number of solo exhibitions to his credit. Truly integrated into the urban environment and deliberately narrative in nature, their artworks appropriate objects by slipping them into an existing or invented mythical context. Among their productions are L’Horizon vertical (1997) at Théâtre de Nouveau Monde, Deus ex machina (1995) at Usine C, and La vivrière (1995) in Place de la FAO in Québec City.
This work, by artists Richard Purdy and François Hébert, is a detailed three-dimensional model of the island of Montréal seen from the sky. Sponsored by Westcliff, the owner of Les Promenades de la Cathédrale, this mural is protected by a wall of glass blocks.