- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, August 19, 2008 – Town Council inaugurated today the new location of the Mother & Child statue. Long a part of Rockland Centre, the statue is now installed only a few steps away from the entrance to the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library on Graham Boulevard. At the event, art supporters joined dignitaries for a reception at the library that also marked the official launch of the Town of Mount Royal Foundation for Public Art. Among those attending were Christine Saint-Pierre, Quebec Culture Minister, Pierre Arcand, Member of the National Assembly for Mont-Royal, and Irwin Cotler, Member of Parliament for Mount Royal. Anne Kahane, the sculptor, was the guest of honour.
It was in the late 1950s that Ms. Kahane, who was born in Austria but moved to Canada at an early age, cast the brass sculpture. The work was commissioned for outdoor installation at the new and prestigious Rockland Centre, where it remained from the opening of the shopping centre in August 1959 until today. These days, it is recognized as a key part of local heritage.
The result of extensive discussions with Rockland Centre, the relocation of Mother & Child to Mount Royal’s Town Centre is a success for Town Council. Incidentally, the initiative provides encouragement to the Foundation for Public Art, a non-profit organization whose goal is to enrich the daily lives of Mount Royal residents by increasing the presence of art in the Town’s parks and other public spaces.
Created in the spring of 2007, the foundation continues to welcome donations from individuals and businesses and encourage art lovers to demonstrate their support by becoming members. All donors receive official receipts.
Comprised of an equal number of Town councillors and residents, the board of directors of the Foundation for Public Art was all smiles at the unveiling of Mother & Child in its new location. “The library is already a cultural hot spot, serving, as it does, as an exhibition space for our artists and a meeting place for groups like the reading clubs. Due to the generosity of the Rockland Centre, Town Council is pleased today to mark this red letter day in the library’s history and, hopefully, give wings to the Foundation for Public Art,” said Mayor Vera Danyluk.