Public Artwork

Louis J. Robichaud Monument

Luc Charette, Monument Louis J. Robichaud, 2007
Gilbert-Léger Park, Saint-Antoine, NB, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Charette, Luc
Text author(s): 
Charette, Luc
Installation year: 

The structure is made up of two main masses, erected side by side and supporting each other: it illustrates duality and equality, and is a reminder of Louis Robichaud’s fight against inequality and intolerance (English/French, rich/poor, North/South of the province).

Text of the artwork: 

Chances égales/Equal Opportunity

Text theme: 
The graphic use of the words Chances égales / Equal Opportunity, a reference to his vast social reform programme called Equal Opportunity for All, and to the fact that his government adopted the Official Languages Act, which gave official recognition to the French language in the province.

•A book, symbolizing education, because his government was responsible for creating the Université de Moncton, for integrating the teacher training school in universities and for establishing secondary schools, thus providing high-quality education for Acadians and ensuring the development of their culture.

•A fountain, to represent the sacred principle of water that is universal. In many cosmogonies, water is the element used to create or recreate the world. The fountain is also conducive to meditation and contemplation.

•A scale used to symbolize the fact that Louis Robichaud was a member of the Bar Association and also to illustrate his equality and social justice programme.

City of Saint-Antoine

Hommage à Louis J. Robichaud : Saint-Antoine dévoile la maquette

Richard, Philippe (2006).  Hommage à Louis J. Robichaud : Saint-Antoine dévoile la maquette. Acadie Nouvelle. (11 avril)

Saint-Antoine dévoile le monument Louis-J.-Robichaud, CapAcadie

Eddie, Marie-Hélène (2007).  Saint-Antoine dévoile le monument Louis-J.-Robichaud, CapAcadie. CapAcadie. (13 août)

Un monument de taille en mémoire de Louis J. Robichaud

Maillet, Evérard (2006).  Un monument de taille en mémoire de Louis J. Robichaud. L’Étoile de Dieppe. (15 avril), p. 5