Multidisciplinary artist Claude Lamarche has been active in Quebec and internationally for more than three decades. He is known for having co-founded the experimental-art studio INTER X SECTION in Montreal in the late 1970s, and for having participated in numerous art-performance and sculpture events, including the Symposium international de sculpture environnementale de Chicoutimi in 1980, Les Cent jours d’art contemporain du CIAC in 1986, and the first Festival international d’art-performance de Porto in Portugal.
This sculptural grouping is situated in the area in front of Centre Jean-Marie-Gauvreau on either side of a footpath leading to the building. The artwork consists of a pryamid made of concrete layers linked by a cable to a triangular steel wall. For the artist, the pryamid symbolizes “the agoras in ancient public squares” (presentation portfolio, 1986). The cable that links the two elements, under tension, seems to dissect the upper corner of the steel plate. This arrangement, amplified when night falls by a lighting system, reveals a black-and-yellow isosceles triangle that is reminiscent of a traffic sign and contrasts with the raw finish of the materials used. Also highlighted by illumination, a small half-open gate makes it possible to pass through the steel structure. This playful element invites people to interact with the artwork. The resulting blurring of scale, given the small size of the door, is a recurrent aspect of Lamarche’s sculptural practice.