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Public art in Montreal

The Public Art Bureau seeks to improve the quality of the urban environment and to 

encourage public access to arts and culture. It has developed an impressive collection of 

public artworks that contribute to Montreal’s reputation as a centre of culture.


The public artworks that adorn the streets of Montreal reflect the diverse visions of artists 

both local and foreign. They also bear witness to key moments in the city’s history, 

including its founding by Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, marked by a 

monument on the Place d’Armes; the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, for 

which Alexander Calder created his sculpture Man at the Parc Jean-Drapeau; the 

International Sculpture Symposium held at the Parc du Mont-Royal in 1964, recalled by 

Armand Vaillancourt’s La Force; and the Lachine Symposium for which Bill Vazan 

created one of his pioneering works of land art.


Whether you’re strolling through a park, relaxing on a bench on a public square, or 

exploring one of Montreal’s many libraries and cultural centers, you’ll see how the over 

300 works in the City of Montreal’s permanent public art collection form an integral part of 

the city’s decor. Why not liven up a walk on a sunny day by choosing a route based on 

the artworks you can see along the way? It’s a great way to explore the city’s artistic side 

while you’re out and about.


If you prefer to stay in the shade, you can also check out the 100 or so public artworks 

installed in Montreal’s metro stations!


Did you know?

The term public art is used for any and all works located in urban spaces. Most of these works are commemorative monuments, monumental sculptures, murals or landscaping elements.


Ville de Montréal, Art Public

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