La place d’Youville, Montréal, QC, Canada
Artwork creator(s):Groot, Raphaëlle de
Text author(s):Groot, Raphaëlle de
Markings on the ground to commemorate the forgotten history of the site of United Canada’s first parliament
Text of the artwork:
The text is composed of newspaper clippings of the era and archaeological reports that recall the state of the location and events that marked the site, from the very first lay of the land to the riot and subsequent fire that destroyed the parliament in 1849.
Artwork theme:United Canada’s first parliament
History:With this action, set up at the invitation of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, the artist used markings on the ground to commemorate the forgotten history of the site of United Canada’s first parliament, on Place d’Youville in Montreal (now a parking lot).
With orange and blue lines, the artist highlighted the location of some of the parliament's ruins that lay hidden under the asphalt.