The work, titled Le Joyau royal et le Mile doré, is composed of 15 vertical elements on both sides of Rue McTavish at the level of Rue Sherbrooke Ouest. The work is signed by artists Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau, and is part of the Promenade Fleuve-Montagne. The work pays tribute to the Golden Square Mile, an area of the city on the edge of the Mount Royal Park with large prestigious residences from the late nineteenth century. It is a metaphor of the landscape and buildings that unfurls between the river and the mountain. It consists of seven golden brass columns, a translucent concrete central column made up of rotating cubes that illuminates at dusk, and seven elements in granite that are one to two feet high. The young patrons selected the winning work, with the help of an advisory jury set up by the City, who was responsible for presenting the artists' work to patrons and answering their questions in order to help them make an informed choice.
Le Joyau royal et le Mile doré
Through the Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal (BAAM), 100 young patrons have offered Montréal a work of art for its 375th anniversary.
Acquiring this work of art was made possible thanks to the involvement of some 100 patrons from the Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal, who collected a total of $100,000. The total cost to create this work was $137,970.
Photos : Justin Duchesneau et Philippe Allard