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Forces
1986
Jules Lasalle

Sculptor and modeller Jules Lasalle lives and works in Montréal, where he directs the studio Attitude enr. In 1979, he completed a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. From 1981 to 1983, he undertook a number of sculpture internships in Paris at establishments such as the École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués, Les Ateliers Hervé Cappelli, and the Ministère de la Culture. He has produced a number of other works of public art in Montréal, including Hommage à Marguerite Bourgeoys (1988), on Rue Notre-Dame East, and Monument à Maurice Richard (1997), at the entrance to the eponymous arena.

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Category
Sculpture
Acquisition mode
Other
Materials
concrete, stainless steel
Overall size
220 x 370 x 230 cm
Technique(s)
anchored, cast
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Location
Location
Adress
6150, avenue Royalmount

Artwork description

The sculpture, which seems to emerge from the ground, is installed in a grassy space beside the building. It portrays a closed fist holding three cables. The fist is made of cast white Portland concrete, imbedded with aggregates of silica and white marble, and the three cables are made of stainless steel.

Forces symbolizes the strength of labour and the commitment by Ciment Canada Lafarge to the construction sector. In 1986, the company was one of the two main sponsors of the Lachine sculpture symposium. In fact, the mixture of cast concrete used for the artwork was produced in collaboration with the research centre at Ciment Canada Lafarge, which was situated at 6150 Avenue Royalmount, where the artwork is installed. The steel cables may also be interpreted as a reference to the widespread use of such cables in construction, especially in the processes of making pre-stressed and post-stressed concrete.