L'Envol (Taking Flight) Monument to the Teaching Brothers | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Taking Flight

Monument to the Teaching Brothers

Artist: Jules Lasalle
Location: City Hall Gardens

A work paying tribute to the 11 congregations of teaching brothers that have been active in Quebec since the end of the 17th century. A wing etched into stone is echoed bronze, outlining an arch that turns the mind to higher things. Behind them, two blocks form an open book in which a bronze flame relief replies to its counterpart hollowed out of the stone, suggesting the passing on of knowledge.

Colloque | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Symposium

Artist: Lewis Pagé
Location: 225 Grande Allée Est

Three stylized but highly expressive male figures seem wrapped up in discussion. 

Dialogue with History | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Dialogue with History

Artist: Jean-Pierre Raynaud
Location: Place de Paris

This strictly geometric piece is covered with white marble tiles framed with black granite in a portrayal of the transition to modernity. It forms a pair with the bust of Louis XIV in nearby Place Royale, which represents the past. 

“Life-size” Welcome | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

“Life-size” Welcome

Artist: Nicole Taillon
Location: Rue des Jardins

This bronze court jester bows down low both to welcome his sovereign and greet passers-by.

The Winds Unfurling | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

The Winds Unfurling

Artist: Paul Béliveau
Location: Avenue Honoré-Mercier

The six masts rising from the median strip represent Jacques Cartier’s ships drawing up at the Saint-Charles River in 1535. Atop the masts, golden metal sculptures float like sails in the wind. The omnipresent bell-tower motif recalls the role of the Church in Québec City’s development and in sustaining the French fact in North America.

The Riverman | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

The Riverman

Artists: Lucienne Cornet and Catherine Sylvain
Location: 65 rue Sainte-Anne

Seeming to balance on the logs in rough water, the log driver incarnates the courage and tenacity of those who built this province. He also hearkens back to the golden age of the logging industry, of which the Price family were pioneers. 

Invitation to Travel | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Invitation to Travel

Artists: Maurice Savoie, artist and Louis Barrette, metalworker
Location: Saint-Paul and John-Goudie Streets

This whimsical car with its circles and bright colours seems straight out of a child’s imagination. Three passengers are inside, with their suitcase in the back. The engine is an ingenious assemblage of real car parts.

Dreaming the New World | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Dreaming the New World

Artist: Michel Goulet
Location: Place de la Gare

Forty chairs are set out in pairs on the sidewalk, each inscribed with passages from poems by 40 Québec authors from various time periods. They “express, in the span of a free moment, where we have been, who we are, and the joy of getting together.” The walkway thus constitutes a portrait of society from the city’s origins to the present day.

Do Ré Mi Fa Sol La Si Do | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Do Ré Mi Fa Sol La Si Do

Artist: Joe Fafard
Location: Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Park

8 steel horses seem to be galloping along the river and Boulevard Champlain, their outlines energized with openwork motifs depicting scenes and figures from the nation’s past. A commemorative plaque explains the importance of horses in the development of New France and the Canadian West.

Monument to the memory of the Canadian merchant seamen  | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

Monument to the memory...

Complete title: Monument to the memory of the Canadian merchant seamen from the province of Quebec who lost their lives at the sea durong Word War II
Artist: Raoul Hunter
Location: Pointe-à-Carcy, near the Naval Museum entrance

This monument commemorates the many Canadian merchant mariners who lost their lives in the Second World War, mainly in the Battle of the Atlantic. The first Merchant Navy vessel carrying material for the Allied Forces was sunk at the beginning of the war in 1939. In all, more than 1,600 Canadian mariners died at sea, including 267 Quebecers.

The Bronze Quartet | Credit:  Ville de Québec
Credit: Ville de Québec

The Bronze Quartet

Artist: Lucienne Cornet
Location: 100 boulevard René-Lévesque Est

This group of bronzes, integrated into the surrounding architecture and urban environment, deconstructs the movement of an animal in full flight.