Italian-born artist Aurelio Sandonato (1931–2012) moved to Montréal in 1951 and began his studies at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1956. For more than 30 years, he taught visual arts at CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent. Among the works that he produced for the public space are Sculpture murale (circa 1982), an imposing composition of terra cotta elements in the Du Collège Métro station. Sandonato’s art production was imbued with architectural concerns in which the relationship among the artwork, the viewer, and the site is at the heart of the offering.
Integrating his work into the wall of the mezzanine, the artist created a mural of terra cotta blocks, accented by natural light from a skylight above.