Gatineau is pleased to announce that Le Pont by local artist Jean-Yves Vigneau was selected as the winner of the contest to integrate art into architecture. This piece will become part of the future fire hall no. 8 in the Buckingham sector. The fire hall and Le Pont are to be officially inaugurated in 2011.
This piece will be an aluminium structure depicting a stream between two shorelines, reflective of the Brady Bridge, which spans the Lièvre river and connects residents in the Buckingham sector. The work, measuring 9.7 m in length, will arc up to a height of 2.7 m and will stand over a holding basin planned for the new ecological building. It will be made at Forge ornementale Lapointe, which is located in Quebec City.
The contest was open to artists in the Outaouais administrative region and four other neighbouring regions: Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Laurentides, Laval and Montréal, in an effort to encourage inter-regional diversity in practices and artistic styles.
PHD Architecture was the firm mandated by Gatineau to set up a framework for the contest specifications and process and to facilitate the jury deliberations and technical evaluations.
The jury consisted of the following individuals:
Gatineau congratulates the winner, and would like to thank the jury members and the other two contenders Michèle Lapointe and Léopol Bourjoi, as well as all of the artists who responded to the call for entries.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.