Born in Montréal, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, Marie-France Brière lived in Italy and then earned a master’s degree in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1989). She has been very active in public art since the early 1990s, and her work can be seen in numerous public buildings all over the island of Montréal, including at the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Société des arts technologiques, and the Palais de justice de Montréal.
Déplacement is a freestanding sculpture, a polyhedron of brightly painted stainless steel symbolizing an oversized shoe. It is perched on a rock placed beside the walkway to the train station. Standing on spikes, the multi-sided object signifies mobility; it is an invitation to take the route toward the station. A lighting system maximizes the visual experience at nightfall, as does the choice of colour, yellow, for its brightness—a reminder of the stripe visible on the train station identification signs.