Public Artwork

Courage & Hope

Valérie LeBlanc, Courage & Hope, 1998. © Valérie Leblanc
Valérie LeBlanc, Courage & Hope, 1998
Valérie LeBlanc, Courage & Hope, 1998
Moncton City Hall, 655 Main, Moncton, NB, E1C 1E8, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
LeBlanc, Valérie
Text author(s): 
LeBlanc, Valérie
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The sculpture consists of a golden ladder set against a glass wall. At the base of the ladder are the names of the fourteen women who died in the École Polytechnique tragedy. Carved on the glass are dreams and aspirations of girls and women.

Text of the artwork: 

On the base:

Genevieve Bergeron, 21. - Helene Colgan, 23. - Nathalie Croteau, 23. - Barbara Daigneault, 22. - Anne-Marie Edward, 21. - Maud Haviernick, 29. - Barbara Maria Klueznick, 31. - Maryse LeClair, 23. - Annie St-Arneault, 23. - Annie Turcotte, 21. - Anne-Marie Lemay, 27. - Michelle Richard, 21. - Maryse Laganière, 25. - Sonia Pelletier, 28.

On the glass:

Phrases gathered from women expressing their dream and aspirations for the future.

"To be appreciated as a woman and respected as an engineer" "I want to be an RCMP officer and a loving mother".

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The sculpture was designed to commemorate the loss of the fourteen young women killed in an act of violence against women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal

Commemorative artwork on the massacre at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, where a killer executed 14 women.
City of Moncton

Hope springs from tragedy

Carrol, Frank (1998).  Hope springs from tragedy. Times & Transcript. (December 5), p. A3