Meeting up with the Eyes of the Street

June 13th 2008


Saint-Vallier Est, close to the access ramps of the Dufferin-Montmorency highway.

On a pleasant June evening, ideal for coming together, Giorgia Volpe and Alain-Martin Richard led close to 300 people around in a procession with the colours of poetry to discover the works of this group of artists from Québec City.

It was in a context both urban and relaxed that the artists Thierry Arcand-Bossé, François Chevalier, Cooke-Sasseville, Les Soeurs Couture, Amélie Laurence Fortin, Laurent Gagnon, Paryse Martin, and Jacques Samson inaugurated this extraordinary group of sculptures, forever to be a part of the urban landscape of the St. Roch quarter.

There was however a shadow over this event in the form of the “removal” of one of the selected works. Accompanied by a trio of bagpipes and equipped with a mega-phone, the artist Martin Bureau explained why his work could not be woven into the urban fabric following a veto by the Ville de Québec and the Fonderie Bibby-Ste-Croix.

Folie/Culture and the artists deplore this action and support Martin Bureau in this misadventure.

Unfortunately, Martin Bureau’s work, Hommage à Sa Gracieuse Majesté, is not exposed, having been censured by the Ville de Québec and the Fonderie Bibby-Ste-Croix.

Martin Bureau’s Hommage à Sa Gracieuse Majesté is a controversial work.