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  • Kate 10:02 on 2013/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    François Cardinal has done some homework and decided Calder’s “Man” should stay where it is, in which he’s in agreement with Projet Montréal.

    • Bill Binns 11:17 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      It is municipal insanity to even be contemplating spending who knows how many hundreds of thousands (or millions?) of dollars to move a 50 year old chunk of aluminum from one place to another when were sitting in the middle of not crumbling but crumbled infrastructure. Leave it where it is. It may someday stand as a marker to the city that used to be here.

    • Kate 12:08 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Here, have a Prozac.

    • Bill Binns 12:20 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Thanks but I prefer powerful sedatives like Narcozep or Dipravan to calm me after reading the local news of the day.

    • mdblog 13:05 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Kate, that was mean.

    • William 13:23 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      I think it was overdue. I find the over-used hyperbole in the comments on this blog tiresome, not to mention the self-proclaimed expert opinions.

    • No\Deli 13:28 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      I liked Bill’s remark. I thought it was poetical.

    • qatzelok 14:12 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      This is a non-news story. The statue looks great where it is, and it would be cheaper to commission a new oversized piece of origami made of welded-metal in situ (on site). Modern sculpture is easy and cheap to create. Why pretend this thing is some kind of fragile gift from a skilled craftsman? It’s just a bland industrial object that happens to look great illuminated on a pedestal by the river.

    • Kate 18:57 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Here, have a Prozac, qatzelok.

      Man is a wonderful work by a significant artist of the 20th century. What public art piece – anywhere – do you approve of?

    • C_Erb 02:30 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      Was anyone with any power to move the statue actually seriously considering doing so or was this just the media going back and forth on it enough that it started to seem like something that was going to happen?

    • qatzelok 07:05 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      @ Kate: “What public art piece – anywhere – do you approve of?”

      Did I say I didn’t approve of this piece? No. I just said that it’s cheap and easy to design and build this kind of non-representational object.

    • Kate 08:51 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      C_Erb, François Cardinal refers in his Wednesday column to le débat public so I suppose somebody does. But he gives good reasons in this column why there’s no categorical reason to move the work, and there’s also some stuff about its historical background.

      Cardinal is really into it – he has a second piece in La Presse today on the subject as well. Apparently one Alexandre Taillefer, presumably with some amount of influence, is pushing the city to move the piece, but Cardinal thinks not. And because it’s in the city’s biggest paper it does become a subject of debate.

    • jeather 10:42 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      Do you dislike all non-representational art?

    • Ian 11:00 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      Qatzi, just because you don’t appreciate this kind of art doesn’t diminish its relevance or what an honour it was for Montreal to have one of Calder’s pieces for Expo67 given his international stature.

      Comment réaliser l’art?

      Des masses, des directions, des espaces limités dans le grand espace, l’univers. Des masses différentes, légères, lourds, moyennes,—indiquées par des variations de grandeur ou de couleur—des directions—vecteurs représentant vitesses, vélocités, accélérations, forces, etc. . . .—ces directions faisant entre elles des angles significatifs, et des sens, définissant ensemble une grande résultante ou plusieurs.

      Des espaces, des volumes, suggérés par les moindres moyens opposés à leur masse, ou même les contenant, juxtaposés, percés par des vecteurs, traversés par des vitesses.

      Rien de tout ça fixe.

      Chaque élément pouvant bouger, remuer, osciller, aller et venir dans ses relations avec les autres éléments de son univers.

      Que ce soit, non seulement un instant “momentané”, mais une loi physique de variation
      entre les événements de la vie.

      Pas d’extrations,

      Des abstractions

      Des abstractions qui ne ressemblent à rien de la vie, sauf par leur manière de réagir.

      “Comment réaliser l’art?” par Alexander Calder, Abstraction-Création, Art Non Figuratif, no. 1 (1932)

      For further reading, I suggest http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Calder …you will note that the two pieces used to illustrate Calder’s ouevre are both in Montreal.

    • qatzelok 20:37 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      Ian, all the Art History courses I have triumphed in have not blinded me to the fact that it’s really easy to “do” non-representational art. Sometimes I come across piles of garbage that evoke more than the “Man” sculpture. I’m not afraid of being accused of being a rube for noticing the nakedness of the Elite’s obsession with novelty.

    • Kate 12:49 on 2013/01/31 Permalink

      it’s really easy to “do” non-representational art

      Let’s see some of yours.

      Good nonrepresentational art is wickedly difficult. Practice and study can teach anyone to model a human figure or other natural form. Going beyond that to create an object that evokes feeling and response but isn’t a copy of something already in the world is what takes real depth, craft and creativity.

    • qatzelok 14:25 on 2013/01/31 Permalink

      Anyone can make a lovely inukshuk. And they’re sort of representational. Welding metal sheets into a giant shape is also really easy. What’s hard is getting the money and connections to get paid for it. If you read his bio, Sandy Calder was well connected by way of his mother, and that’s why his metal shapes decorates our island. Modern art was a scam to make New York look like it had culture, and not just mafia money.

    • Philippe 10:40 on 2013/02/01 Permalink

      Practice and study can teach anyone to model a human figure or other natural form.

      Actually, I believe being able to realistically model the human figure is beyond the reach of most. I was once told by a Fine Arts graduate that such is not only looked down upon in most Fine Arts departments, the techniques and training for it are no longer widely available.

  • Kate 09:56 on 2013/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Monday’s Charbonneau Commission testimony from Michel Lalonde claims that almost everyone in city government was on the take – not just at city hall, but people in borough and suburban councils as well. It’s a saga of payments by engineering firms to anyone in a position to get them contracts. Some have since left politics, others still holding office are protesting their innocence.

    Louise Harel is at once distancing herself from her old pal Benoit Labonté, implicated in the testimony, and saying the 2009 election was stolen. I think Harel is protesting too much – her party’s hands aren’t clean either.

    Lalonde continues his testimony Tuesday.

  • Kate 01:07 on 2013/01/29 Permalink | Reply  

    The broken water main has been fixed and work crews are cleaning up the mess downtown overnight.

    Atlantic Cities has a report on our flood (via Taras Grescoe on Twitter). CBC on the cleanup.

    • Ian 06:42 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      I just got an email that my kid’s school (on University) is closed today. Any word on anything else being closed downtown?

    • walkerp 09:32 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      What will the media talk about tomorrow though?

    • Philip 09:40 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Apparently they fixed the 48″ pipe problem, but another 54″ pipe burst at 8 this morning. The Gazette has something about it right now.

    • Philip 09:45 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      McGill and the city of Montreal are denying these claims, however. (http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/category/blog/)

    • Michel 09:46 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Totally off-topic, and I apologise, but Ian, if you read this, can you shoot me an email? Need to ask about FACE. Thanks.

      Back on topic: I work on University and Peel. The sirens were crazy last night, but I don’t hear any this morning, so I’m thinking the new claim *might* be a hoax.

    • Kate 09:58 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      I was about to post the Gazette story about the second leak but I see I’ve been scooped on my own blog! Thanks for the McGill link, Philip – I don’t think I would’ve found that one.

    • Ian 10:01 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      @Michel – I’ve linked my website with this response, you can see my contact info there. I’d rather not sign up for a web service just to email you. ;)

    • DCMontreal 10:49 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      Walking along St. Catherine this morning past the area of last night’s flood I was amazed that it looks like nothing happened. I’m sure if I looked in basements and garages I might not say the same, but at street level things looked fine. That interim mayor must be working hard to clean up the city!


    • Ian 14:46 on 2013/01/29 Permalink

      CBC has a fairly definitive story up, seems we’re getting some real answers finally – :City spokesman Jacques-Alain Lavallée said it’s still not clear if the aging, 120-centimetre pipe was ruptured by workers in the construction zone where the water main was located, near Pine Avenue near Peel Street.

      The water main is 88 years years old, according to Lavallée.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/01/29/montreal-downtown-flood-update.html

      How thrilling that the city plans to dig up the area to determine whether the main burst because of the workers or simply due to age. Here’s a wild guess: an 88 year old main should probably be replaced, so let’s just get on it and not waste time poking around.

    • William 20:38 on 2013/01/30 Permalink

      Ian, the question of why the mains broke is critical. Hundreds of millions of dollars of damage has been done, and the question of who will pay for it will be determined by the investigation. I sincerely hope it wasn’t age, because that would imply city negligence, and then everyone in the city could suffer.

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