Mount Royal, September 16, 2019 – With the Université de Montréal’s new MIL Campus welcoming its first cohort of students this month, Town of Mount Royal has announced that it will soon erect, on campus, a monumental work by contemporary sculptor Claude Millette. Titled Éclosion (a French noun often translated as “hatching,” “emerging” or “opening [of a flower]”), the work refers to the culture of knowledge as well as the garden city’s lush vegetation. The sculpture will be inaugurated in the spring of 2020.
It was at the end of the invitation-only public art competition that Claude Millette was declared the winner. An ad hoc committee formed of representatives of the Town and the university and an art consultant examined the submissions, judging each on its design and artistic merit, its harmonious integration with the surroundings and its maintenance requirements, among other criteria.
Slender and elegant, made entirely from stainless steel and standing more than eight metres high, Éclosion will be the tallest sculpture ever created by Mr. Millette. It daringly exemplifies the balancing of power and grace that is the artist’s hallmark.
The work will be erected only steps away from the imposing footbridge that runs between Acadie metro station and the various buildings on campus. The land on which the work will sit lies in Town of Mount Royal. The sculpture is not a gift to the university but rather a long-term collaboration to exhibit the work, which will both embellish the new campus and be part of the Town’s public art collection.
“Town Council is delighted with the arrival of the MIL Campus and the successful rebirth of a long-abandoned area on Mount Royal’s doorstep,” says Mayor Philippe Roy. “We also appreciate that the entire development is focused on sustainability. These are values in line with our own. Éclosion echoes this community spirit and will obviously be a key piece in our collection.”
The works of Claude Millette can be viewed online at claudemillette.ca.