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Le bruissement du passage du temps
Danielle April

Danielle April est née à Rivière-du-Loup, en 1949. Elle a obtenu un baccalauréat en arts visuels de l’Université Laval.

L’œuvre de Danielle April poursuit une recherche qui l’amène à se questionner sur le passage du temps. Elle tente de transgresser la stricte chronologie pour composer des œuvres où la mémoire évoque davantage la réalité.

Danielle April a présenté plusieurs expositions solos et a participé à des expositions collectives. On retrouve ses œuvres dans plusieurs édifices publics et collections particulières. En 2002, elle a obtenu le Prix d’excellence de la Culture Videre de la Ville de Québec pour sa contribution au développement des arts visuels.

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Stained Glass
Acquisition mode
Politique d'intégration des arts à l'architecture et à l'environnement, Government of Quebec
aluminum, colored glass, steel, tempered glass
Overall size
2.74 m x 9.79 m
cut, glued, laser cut out, mounted, sanded, welded
Jewish General Hospital
Emergency department, family room, level S2
5767 Rue Légaré, Montréal, QC H3T 1E4
Require access to department staff

Artwork description

The structure that rises before us is a floor-to-ceiling glass screen comprised of tinted stained-glass that replicates the silhouette of a tree inserted into an aluminum casing.

The work conjures up the sense of a breeze flowing through branches as rays of sunlight wander here and there among the foliage, tracing an orange rainbow awash with brightness and warmth. The broad scope of this composition travels upward on one side of the column, remains static on the horizontal, and flows vertically down, gently on the other side. It’s as if a gust of wind had risen from the ground toward the skies and descended softly on the column’s alternate side. The crystal-clear motion of light fashioned by the textured glass particles fragments the light of day, in keeping with the basic premise of cut glass refraction.

The observer draws a deep feeling of gentle calmness when standing before the vast motion of this work, as if it were a capful of wind fluttering through the air just as one would perceive at day’s end in late summer or in the fall.

“This work […] acts as a pause, a subtle and tranquil drift that flows through an uncluttered landscape that is both simple and familiar.” — Danielle April