Place-Saint-Henri (Julien Hébert)

Julien Hébert

Bonheur d’occasion (1980)

Glazed brick
Location: mezzanine

The architect decorated the mezzanine of the station with a mural of coloured glazed bricks, reproducing the words Bonheur d’occasion. The reference is to Gabrielle Roy’s novel of the same title (The Tin Flute in English), describing working-class life in Saint-Henri in the 1940s.

Did you know?

Hébert approached Gabrielle Roy for permission to use the title of her novel. She was touched by the gesture and accepted with great pleasure.

About the artist

Born in Rigaud, Julien Hébert (1917-1994) deeply influenced the history of industrial design in Canada in the second half of the twentieth century. His most famous creation is unquestionably the symbol of Expo 67, which was seen around the world.

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