Public Artwork


François Dallegret, Interface,1989
François Dallegret, Interface,1989
Maison du Conseil des Arts de la communauté urbaine de Montréal, 3450 Saint-Urbain street, Montréal, QC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Dallegret, François
Text author(s): 
Dallegret, François
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

The installation is located at the foot of the stairs to the main entrance, 5m from the building. People can pass under the installation.


Sculptural sign consisting of two white steel beams that are linked at the top by eight corrugated fiberglass panels. It evokes a signboard shaped as an arch, such as ones used in institutions and public buildings. This semi-transparent construction diffuses daylight. At night, a lighting system that has been integrated to the outer panels generates artificial light. Inside one of the two beams, three vertical metal strips have been integrated, one of which features an inscription.

Text of the artwork: 

At the base of a beam:

INTERFACE 1989/ PORTE/ parole/ PORTIQUE/ manifeste/ OUVRAGE/ d’art/ APPAREIL/ différence/ RIDEAU/ théâtre/ LUMINAIRE/ vérité/ FRONTON/ anonyme/ ENSEIGNE/ loi/ SIGNE/ temps/ MODÉNATURE/ modernité/ LINCEUIL/ apparition/ STATUAIRE/ saint/ SANCTUAIRE/ urbain/ MONTRÉAL/ dallegret

Text theme: 
Signal, urban object



Plaque in the lobby:

Interface, the arch/signal located outside the building, is the work of artist Francis Dallegret. Produced to mark the new vocation of this place (old School of Fine Arts), it was designed and produced under the program to integrate art into the architecture put together by the Government of the province of Quebec. La Maison du Conseil des Arts was inaugurated on May 31, 1989.

Maison du Conseil des Arts de la communauté urbaine de Montréal
Cormier, Ernest; J.Omer marchand, architects (1922)