Roger Gaudreau was born in Rimouski in 1956. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1981) and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1996). He has been a lecturer at UQTR since 1984. A founding member of the Atelier Silex of Trois-Rivières, he has produced several public sculptures that can be seen in Québec, Alberta, Australia, Finland, Malaysia and Taiwan. His works have been featured in several individual and group exhibitions. He served as Vice-President of the Artists in Nature International Network from 2000 till 2012, when he became its President. He has received a number of prizes and awards from several organizations.
Inspired by the magnificent book, Des forêts et des hommes, 1880-1982, published by the Archives nationales du Québec and Publications du Québec, this geometrical forest, emerging from a bed of juniper bushes, consists of cubes, planks and vertical beams. Each object has a different surface that is supposed to represent the bark of different types of trees: cedar, maple, spruce, white pine and hemlock. The idea of a forest where the foliage is on the ground and the tree trunks are square suggests man’s control over the natural world. What’s more, when the work is viewed from above, it looks like a city with its buildings and skyscrapers. At night, the garden is lit up by lights concealed under the juniper bushes.