STM launches a competition for a work of art for Mont-Royal station
The STM announces the launch of a competition for the creation of a work of art to be installed in the Montréal métro, specifically at Mont-Royal station.
Montréal, March 31, 2017 – Today, the STM announced the launch of a competition for the creation of a work of art to be installed in the Montréal métro, specifically at Mont-Royal station. The competition is part of the station’s expansion project, funded in part by the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification, and in line with Québec’s Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics (1% policy).
Professional artists in Québec are invited to submit their book of credentials no later than May 1, 2017 at noon. Later, the winning submission will be revealed in September 2017, with the installation of the artwork taking place in 2019. Competition program and rules are available as attachments.
In carrying out this project, the STM has the support of the City of Montréal’s public art bureau, reputed for its considerable expertise in the matter. STM also solicited the cooperation of several influent public figures in the local visual arts scene to compose a jury who will first choose three finalists before selecting a winning proposal.
Inaugurated in 1966, Mont-Royal station was designed by architect Victor Prus. The temporary entryway initially built was replaced by a new entrance building in the 1990s, during the construction of Place Gérald-Godin. In the current project, that entrance will be replaced and expanded to integrate elevators and natural ventilation shafts.
The new artwork will be set inside the entrance building, at ground level, next to Place Gérald-Godin, against a backdrop of opaque walls closing off the technical rooms in the centre of the building. In that location, the work of art will be visually integrated into the public place and will not be exclusive to the métro, as the building’s outer shell will serve to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces.
During construction of the métro’s initial network, leading up to the 1967 World Fair, Expo 67, and later, with each métro expansion, officials in Montréal were inspired to include works of art in most stations. Featured throughout the network, STM’s impressive collection today consists of 85 creations by Québec artists.
Images of future entrance building
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Source : Benoît Clairoux
Conseiller – Affaires publiques
514 350.0800, poste 87198