- sat 29 feb 2020_21:00
- sun 22 mar 2020_22:00
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Sculpture, 2012 – 2019
This moveable and collapsible piece of artisanal furniture was created by Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle in collaboration with the cabinet-maker Gilles Rivard. Since 2012, it has been shown in different locations. This artwork aims to create a shareable space where individuals can come together, building a future based on common fellowship.
In October 2015, as part of a project with Verticale – centre d’artistes, the piece was assembled in Mont-de-La Salle’s main hallway (a secondary school in Laval) for the entire school year. Students, staff members, parents and visitors made this singular bench their own, rocking together as they would chit-chat or simply sit down a moment to relax.
In the fall of 2016, the school’s student democratic body, the Parlement du Mont, passed a resolution in favour of acquiring a more solid model of the bench. This motion from the students was endorsed by the school’s governing board. Since then, a crowdfunding campaign has been organized in support of the students’ efforts to purchase the bench.
Its presence here is an invitation to share in these students’ sense of community.
Curator : Marie Perrault