Claude Cormier studied agronomy at Guelph University, Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, and History & Theory of Design at Harvard University. In 1995, Cormier founded his Montreal-based landscape design office, which now comprises a team of six diverse landscape architects, all well-travelled individuals. They work on many projects types, from metropolitan planning mandates to temporary installations for garden festivals and everything in between.
The winter garden in Montreal’s Palais des congrès could have been yet another tropical garden in an oversized greenhouse. But instead of trucking in potted plants and fighting against the local climate to keep them alive, we planted a forest of fifty-two concrete trees, painted lipstick-pink to celebrate the city’s flourishing cosmetic industry and manifest Montreal’s inexhaustible joie de vivre.
Patterned after the hundred-year old maples that line the avenues in the old city, our forest is perfectly adapted to the futuristic environment of the Centre. The hand-cast trunks hover between the concrete slabs of floor and ceiling, on a site straddling the buried Ville-Marie expressway. A positive symbol of the reality of nature in our contemporary world, Lipstick Forest might be artificial, but it’s definitely not fake.
[Source: the Artist’s web site]