Public Artwork


Pierre Bourgault, Ayarak, 1999
Pierre Bourgault, Ayarak, 1999
Pierre Bourgault, Ayarak, 1999
Palais de justice de Saint-Jérôme, 400 rue Laviolette, Saint-Jérôme, QC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Bourgault, Pierre
Text author(s): 
Bourgault, Pierre
Bourgault, Maxime; Bourgault, Che; Riopelle, Jean-Paul
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

The first sculpture is located in the lobby of the building, the second is located near the elevators.


Sculpture consisting of two elements reproducing on a large scale the specific motifs of an Inuit string game and of a brass inlay work installed in the floor's surface. In the Inuit language, the word "Ayarak" means string. Its two ends are tied together and used to make different figures.

Text of the artwork: 

Le Renard l'emporte, le suit à la trace

Ce qui ressemble à un nuage

Artwork theme: 

The artwork expresses socialization, opposition, complementarity, diversity and all that binds us together.


The didactic panels in the waiting room aim to familiarize people passing through this location with the tradition of these string games.

Palais de justice de Saint-Jérôme
Birtz, Côté, St-Gelais, Maillé (Architects)