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The crossroads you want to enjoy

Published on
September 1, 2017
Among the 375th anniversary projects that have had a sustainable impact on Montréal’s environment, the reconfigured crossroads of Boulevard Pie-IX and Rue Sherbrooke is especially striking. For people who haven’t been in the area for a while, a big surprise is in store.

It’s not easy to design a crossroads as busy as the one at Rue Sherbrooke and Boulevard Pie-IX, in the shadow of Olympic Stadium. Each day, thousands of cars, cyclists and pedestrians cross it. Not to mention the huge turnout for events at the Stadium, or Impact soccer games.

To make the area safer and more enjoyable for passersby, a new, user-friendly green space was created this summer in the former Parc Marie-Victorin and Parc Guido-Nincheri.

Parc Guido-Nincheri

This allows cyclists and pedestrians to travel around safely. Neighbourhood regulars have quickly adopted the tree- and sculpture-filled path in Parc Guido-Nincheri. The "QuébecCity promenade" is home to the public art offered by Québec City to Montréal for its 375th anniversary.

The sculpture by Jean-Robert Drouillard, titled “The Outline of the Pine Trees in the Blue Night and the Stars Behind My Head Are In Your Eyes,” features a classic shape with hints of modernism. Its strong symbols are inspired by sports history and Northernness, two elements that are common both to Montréal and Québec City.

Northern plants and animals

Whether you come from the east by crossing Boulevard Pie-IX or the west via Rue Rachel, you’ll be struck by four columns, each with a bronze figure on top that seems to be part of a sports team. These commemorative sculptures almost look like trophies – which was intentional!

"Le contour des conifères dans la nuit bleue et les étoiles derrière ma tête sont dans tes yeux"

The four teen figures are wearing sports jerseys whose motifs recall Northern plants and animals; at the borders of the Space for Life complex, the Château Dufresne and the Parc Olympique, they evoke past and present, history and youth, nature and the arts. 

The new space invites passersby to stop and relax in the shade of the trees or admire the work from all its angles while enjoying the park’s accommodations.

The next time you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by… you won’t be disappointed!

Celebrating 375 years of history!
In 2017, Montréal will bustle like seldom before, as the city reinvents itself, lights up and looks back on its rich history. Revisit the history of our rich metropolis and discover the urban projects that will transform our living environment.
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