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What is public art? Public art greets us every day on the street as we go about our daily life. Works of public art can be found in urban spaces, on public sites and parks or incorporated into street furniture and buildings.

The City’s public art collection today includes 315 works across the 19 boroughs. Of these, 230 works are part of outdoor sites and 85 works are integrated into municipal buildings.

Since 1989, there has been an increase in the number of acquisitions of new works of public art thanks to the City’s public art action plan

Works in public spaces

Works installed in public spaces include commemorative monuments dedicated to political and historical figures or events, monumental sculptures, murals and elements of landscape architecture.

Some of the best-known works in Quebec are in Montréal:

  • Alexander Calder’s Man, Three Disks, 1967, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Île Sainte-Hélène
  • Linda Covit’s Give Peace a Chance, 2009, Parc du Mont-Royal
  • Alfred Laliberté’s La fermière, 1915, Place Gennevilliers-Laliberté
  • Robert Wilson’s Kate and Nora, 2013, Place Kate-McGarrigle

Works integrated into architecture

These works of art take into account the physical properties, vocation and history of the building into which they are integrated. Designed within clearly defined living environments, they enhance the character of the building by providing a window on today’s aesthetic vision.

Works integrated into architecture can be found in publicly accessible locations, such as community centres and libraries. Examples of these are:

  • Isabelle Hayeur’s Songes, 2006, Maison culturelle et communautaire, Montréal-Nord
  • Guillaume Lachapelle’s La façade, 2011, Père-Ambroise Library
  • Claude Lamarche’s Signal dans l’espace, 1984, L’Octogone Library