Place-des-Arts (Dominique Pétrin)

Dominique Pétrin

La Réconciliation (2024)

Print on aluminum
Québec government’s Art and Architecture Integration Program
Location: De Bleury North entrance building

This humanistic, universal artwork features an assortment of geometric shapes that evoke a rediscovered harmony between humans and their environment.

Did you know?

This work was inspired by the introduction written by famed author Gabrielle Roy (1909–1983) for the official catalogue of Expo 67. The world’s fair took place in the midst of the Quiet Revolution, a defining period in Quebec’s history that saw the creation of the Place des Arts and the Montréal métro in quick succession.

About the artist

Dominique Pétrin is a Montréal‑based visual artist with over 20 years of experience in silkscreen printing. She has created over 40 immersive, in situ installations using hand-silkscreened paper that she cuts, assembles and glues to walls. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Banksy and Sophie Calle and exhibited her work in Canada, France, the United States, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Palestine.


This work is made of coloured pigments baked into an aluminum base. The upper section depicts an anthropomorphic geometric structure floating above a labyrinthine space, suggesting the unbridled development of human technological infrastructure.

The lower section of the work, which echoes the métro escalators, features varying morphological forms, each representing different identity cells in dynamic movements.

While the vertical axis of La Réconciliation represents knowledge and the place of humankind in the universe, the horizontal axis emphasizes action and change.

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