Parc de La Presse – Jardin de Paris

This green space in Old Montréal creates a bridge between the French-speaking metropolis of America and the French-speaking metropolis of Europe.
Landscaping of the park

Parc de La Presse was redesigned by Ville-Marie to accommodate Elisabeth Buffoli's sculpture. The sculpture was a gift from Paris to Montréal for Montréal's 375th anniversary. Parc de La Presse is located on land that Power Corporation gifted to the city (Power Corporation was in the building next to North America's first French-language newspaper). The project is part of current relations between Montréal and Paris and also has a strong historical background. The park, which is located at the corner of Rue Saint-Antoine Ouest and Côte de la Place d’Armes, evokes both the first French settlers in Montréal and the modernity and continuity of this relationship between the French-speaking metropolis of America and the French-speaking metropolis of Europe.

The Les Touristes sculpture
Les Touristes was previously located near the Forum des Halles in Paris. It's a sculptural ensemble composed of four independent pieces representing, in caricature, a group of tourists. This scene illustrates perfectly the concept of living together, the harmonious cohabitation of people from different universes - tourists and citizens - in the same space.

Investment by the city: $1 million
  • Landscaping of the park
    Photos : Jean-Marc Moser/COARC/Ville de Paris © Elisabeth Buff oli/SODRAC (2017)