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.
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