This imposing bronze statue depicts hockey legend Maurice Richard preparing to do a wrist shot.
The animals peering out at you from the windows of Maison du tourisme are there to welcome you to our wonderful corner of the world. As the saying goes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. We hope that you will remember us after you get back home.
In the city, surrounded by cement, it is easy to forget the existence of wildlife. Yet, if we just raise our eyes from our smart phones, we will glimpse animals hiding in every corner of our little metropolis. Phone Mobile is a series of large-size works featuring scruffy little animals scattered around the Culture Trail. Mid-way between a children's drawing and graffiti, these works, created using spray cans on wood panels, stand out for their bright colours and unusual shapes. This corpus takes a unique approach to reminding us of the contrast between our high speed modern life and the wildlife throughout the Outaouais. The artist's work is particularly influenced by nature and the animal world, because he lives in the forest close to wildlife (Saint- Pierre-de-Wakefield), and works in an industrial neighbourhood of the Hull sector, day after day confronted by the urban-nature duality.
as the sun touches
the pores of the old cement
they open up
as the words touch
the doors of the mind
they become wings
when taking flight
inspires us to offer
the words light up
life comes alive!
Serge Olivier Fokoua
Arranged like a family portrait, the seven elements are an amalgam of everyday items. The bodies, standing tall, are depicted by the fire hydrant, symbolizing safety and protection - the permanent guardian. The heads, simple pots, are the universal sign of hospitality and sharing. The colours convey harmony and diversity. Humanitude in its entirety represents love, sharing and brotherhood. “[translation] The humanitude that I am talking about, which I am celebrating in this work of art, is love, sharing and tolerance. I see humanity as an attitude towards the other. Humanitude is a project that upholds the notion of living together.” Serge Olivier Fokoua
MARIA ROSA SZYCHOWSKA
MATHIEU STRIKE DÉSILETS
This series of images of animals found in Canada, and mostly in the Outaouais, was created by a group of local artists to infuse the city with nature and colour. They chose to paint mostly endangered animals in order to invite people to focus on environmental issues and make positive changes. The works were created by a collective of artists from Gatineau.
“Ours is a very special city, one that has nothing to envy any other. We are greenery, we are forest, we are rivers. Nature is one with Gatineau, and in return brings us alive. Let us honour nature with this mural.”
I shall call you fire boat
I shall call you mystery
I shall call you oh so many times, without stopping by the water
I shall call you cradle
With the gentlest of sways
The most loving
Translation of an excerpt from Un miracle dans l'expression de tes yeux,
Agnès Riverin, 2018.
This work was created in 2018.
This sculpture of Henry Wanton Jones is made up of three intertwined segments of steel fibre and glass that evoke various parts of the human body, including the heart.
“Trash Animals” is a series of artworks created by Portuguese artist Bordalo II to draw attention to the issues faced by a consumerist and polluting society. The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case animals, using materials that are responsible for its destruction. These works are built with end-of-life materials found mostly in wastelands, abandoned factories or recycling companies. Isn't it ironic that this majestic work of art was created out of things we discarded?
À venir en août
This contemporary and contemplative work proposes a harmonious integration with the neighbourhood's unique architecture, in line with an actual movement. The project is a suspended canopy consisting of more than 700 pinwheels oscillating with the breeze. The design of the pinwheel, halfway between the standard form and the organic shape of a flower, is both esthetic and meaningful. Intimately connected to childhood and play, viewers will be awed by the combined effect. As well, by integrating elements that are moved by wind power, the work addresses our connection to the environment, both natural and built. Wind is a power that propels us to build a place and the synergy of a living environment.
This sculpture by artist Yves Trudeau plays with the contrast of openness, signifying light and hope, and closure, meaning sorrow and hate (the title means “open and closed wall”).
Muralist and graffiti artist Marin Mitrasinovic immerses us in the spirit of pop art with a mixture of several popular icons in a striking mural that captures our collective imagination.
MARIA ROSA SZYCHOWSKA
This work depicts Alphonse Desjardins and his wife Dorimène, the founding members of the first Caisse Desjardins of Hull. The artist recreated the origins of the Caisse around the theme of movement and renewal. It depicts cooperation, personal commitment and solidarity with the community. Now, as it did then, Desjardins helps enrich the lives of people and communities, and keeps affirming its presence in downtown Hull. This work is presented by Caisse Desjardins Hull-Aylmer.
I am but a shadow, a discrete puff of wind that weaves through the worries and stresses of everyday life. Through the hurly-burly of the city, I quietly meander above the pavement. Barely noticed and quickly ignored, the spirits leave me to focus on the exacting and primordial demands of the everyday.
Longing to be free
I fly. Now visible to all. I am henceforth an object of envy. Far from yesterday's disdain, abstinence yields to dreams. They may be clumsy, but my wings renew desire. Painted in the sky, I become a mural of dreams and adventure.
Ronrond (Rolly-polly) is a fun piece, a naive representation of a sheep, made out of fruit baskets, a lampshade, bicycle wheels, a fire pit base, staples, plumbing pipes, a plastic trash can, glass beads and copper wire. Most of the materials were picked up along the street or in agencies that recover materials.
The story of Ronrond the sheep
At first he looked like a big bumblebee
So they decided to change that by shearing him
But then he looked like a pig
So they fixed his nose, and gave him false eyelashes and heels
And now he's a cute Ronrond
But watch out, he's a scoundrel
Who loves to chew on nice skirts.
This series of photographs addresses the idea of memory in regard to the Outaouais territory and its wider community. It depicts various scenes captured here and there, with which everyone can identify. The images are presented in groups of three, each of which is a work by one of the artists. We invite you to interpret them as you see fit. To see all of the photos and sounds for Origines, go to r3arts.ca.
This fountain, designed by Hull artist Vincent Théberge, commemorates the centenary of the incorporation of the city of Hull as a municipality.
This piece was created for Recycl'art urbain during the 2017 edition of Valorifête de Gatineau. “This piece emerged from memories. I remembered moments from my childhood playing in my grandparents' barn. There were spiders in the most inaccessible corners. And I imagined that I heard, as an echo, everything they had seen: the passing of the seasons, harvests, laughter, shouting… The hands that I incorporated into it are the symbols of labour and creation. Placed over the head of the spider, for me, they symbolize the open mind and freedom with which we must sometimes confront logic.” Béla Simó, contemporary sculptor, draws on the simple and stylized lines of nature for his inspiration, thereby aiming to restore a bit of order in a chaotic world.
W. W. HUNG
The Girl with Paper Boats centres on the themes of exile, displacement, and loss, drawing inspiration from the story of Danica in Children of Earth and Sky by Canadian author, Guy Gavriel Kay. The lifesize sculpture of a little girl clutches a tattered toy dog in one hand, and pulls three large paper boats in the other. She has a mysterious connection to her distant ancestors, and carries within her a constant sorrow and the memory of the traumatic events they experienced. The paper boats that she is pulling are a symbol of loss — lost family, lost dreams, and a lost childhood. The installation is a timely reminder of, and a commentary on, the current global refugee crisis and its aftermath. This piece is presented by Canadian Heritage.
Situated in a carefully tended bucolic setting, the carrousel at the Théâtre de l'Île roundabout evokes the white picket fences and equestrian monuments from past military periods. From horses to cars, roads have changed over time, adapting to strategic and technological advances. The roundabout is a new addition to Gatineau's landscape. The circular design may be intended to alleviate traffic, but the stalled carrousel suggests a problem that is difficult to avoid: traffic congestion. Staggered horses appear like a pileup that cars can keep circling in an indefinite loop. This piece was funded by the Fonds de soutien à l'animation du centre-ville de Gatineau.
GENEVIÈVE L. RICHARD
“We call the fire brigade to put out a fire. I dream of an artist brigade to light the city.”
(Stéfane Cloutier, 1940-2017)
Founding member of the Association des auteurs et auteures de l'Outaouais
In the tale of the Flying Canoe, published in the late 19th century by Honoré Beaugrand, lumberjacks in the Gatineau valley made a pact with the devil to be able to join their girlfriends to celebrate New Year's Eve. No sooner said than done, their canoe sets out over the forests and rivers.
MOSAÏCULTURES INTERNATIONALES DE MONTRÉAL
The Outaouais has the privilege of being associated with one of the biggest legendary figures in French Canada, Jos Montferrand. This famous personality was a lumberjack, log driver, foreman and raftsman. The strongman contributed to the development of the forest industry, the region's economic driving force in the 19th century. To this day, nobody knows which of his exploits is historical fact or folklore. Once such instance is the famous fight in 1829 on the Union (now Chaudières) Bridge, where it is said that he single-handedly defeated more than 150 hooligans. This exploit is certainly hard to believe, but there is no doubt that for many generations, Montferrand was a source of pride. There is good reason why a building and a street were named after him.
Michel Prévost, D.U., President of the Société d'histoire de l'Outaouais
This piece was offered to Gatineau by Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal.
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.