The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has unveiled a new piece of artwork inside Jolicoeur station. This is the métro network’s 93rd work of art.
Created by artist Chloé Desjardins, the piece was installed during accessibility upgrades at the station. Titled Perspective, the sculpture reflects the opposition between transparency and opacity, as well as some of the principles developed by celebrated German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, whose international style influenced the architect of Jolicoeur station, Claude Boucher.
Perfectly centered and symmetrical, Perspective divides and organizes space. Its grid-like structure offers different framed views. The artwork’s shape, pattern and materials are inspired by the formal elements of the station and allow it to blend in harmoniously.
The sculpture has two distinct sides. The first, visible from the entrance and fare collection area, showcases a two-toned dark granite mosaic and a brass pattern. The second, visible from the platforms and outside the station, repeats the same pattern, but in the distinctive bright red-orange colour of the station’s accents.
Work at Jolicoeur station began in October 2019 and mainly involved the installation of elevators, which will be commissioned this fall. The art was included through the “1% policy,” the Politique d’intégration des arts à l'architecture et à l'environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics.