Two huge frescoes can be found on the side of buildings in Quebec City. This one is on the way between the lower and upper city.
Fresque des Québécois At the corner of côte de la Montagne and rue Notre-Dame in Place-Royale, this 420 square-meter trompe-l’oeil highlights the city’s 400-year history. The Fresque des Québécois also pays tribute to some 15 historical characters as well as dozens of authors and artists.
All during this year, 2014, Prince Edward Island, where I live, has been celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. At it, in September 1864, the foundation was laid for what was to become Canada in 1867. The September conference was followed by another in Quebec City in November. The two gentlemen from the right side of the fresco which also appear in the photo below are dressed in the clothing of 1864.
Two of the Fathers of Confederation.
A few more artistic details: a painting hanging outside, house signs on the walls, and a quote from inside Sous Le Fort restaurant.
Seen on a random street outside a shop. Looking more closely, I think perhaps the sign was covering a hole in the wall!
On the wall at the restaurant “Sous le Fort”
Translation: A good wine is like a kiss, neither should ever be refused.
Just after debarking from the ferry from Levis, we came across this sculptural approach to participatory art. It was part of an exhibition called “Les Passages Insolites” which means unexpected or surprising paths or directions. The installation below is called “Pousse une souche” or ‘push a stump’ and is by a consortium of four artists.
That’s me on the right!
Very popular with all ages.
Another amusing piece from Passages Insolites was found at the bottom of Little Champlain Street and called The Odyssey.(L’odyssee)
In a small park between Little Champlain Street and Champlain Boulevard.
As might be expected in a city heavily controlled and influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, there are many examples of religious art in Quebec City.
Bishop Saint Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval, but I’d be guessing. He appears in my previous post on statues.
On the wall of Notre Dame Basilica is this bas relief at the foot of rue de Tresor (Treasure Street.) I was standing in the door of an ice cream and coffee shop trying to catch both the sculpture and people as they crossed the street; limited success on the latter.
In front of Quebec City’s city hall were several installations including this group of three plinths.
Monument to the Teaching Priests Dedicated to the contribution of the eleven (11) priest communities who spent their lives teaching, this monument is located at the corner of Pierre-Olivier-Chauveau and Sainte-Anne Streets, in Old Québec.
A charming fountain (you can just see the water trickling down the middle) stands at the corner of Grande Allee and Cartier Avenue in a tiny park.
The founder of new France, Champlain made his first visit to North America in 1603 and is considered the founder of Quebec (city) where he established a fortified “Habitation” in the summer of 1608. The crane in the background was removing materials from the roof of the Chateau Frontenac, which has recently undergone massive renovations.
Francois de Montmorency de Laval, the first bishop of the Québec diocese, stands atop this monument next to the Louis-Saint-Laurent (a former Canadian Prime Minister from Quebec) building, at the top of Côte de la Montagne and facing Buade Street. I took the second picture to record the threatening sky. It didn’t rain until much later in the afternoon.
François de Montmorency de Laval
François de Montmorency de Laval
The Jean-Paul Lemieux Monument is on côte de la Montagne, by the Breakneck Stairs and is a tribute to the contribution made to the arts by this famous painter. His portrait, when much older, is the one on the upper left on the outside of the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (Quebec national museum of art) The museum is featuring four Quebec artists this fall: Lemieux, Alfred Pellan, Fernand Leduc and Jean-Paul Riopelle . If you go to the linked site, the work of the first three artists flashes by on the home page. We went into the building but because we wanted lunch, went right out the other side; the eating area was way too classy and expensive for what we were looking for.
Jean Paul Lemieux
Quebec Art Museum – advertising the most famous modern Quebec painters.
A while back I posted some pictures of statues of poets which we found on rue D’Auteuil. Nguyen Trai was a Vietnamese scholar, poet and political tactician.