Favourite public art opinions
Spacing is soliciting opinions on favourite pieces of public art; if you want ideas, Zeke sometimes does features on art or artists in public places and the city has an official art section on its website – although why it insists on having such tiny, non-enlargeable photos I do not know.
I’d be hesitant to name a single favourite, although Jocelyne Alloucherie’s Porte de jour sits well in its space, and has the important virtue, for a large public piece, of changing aspect interestingly as you move around it (you can also see it from above, on the Notre-Dame viaduct, as I did here):
I initially loved Michel de Broin’s Révolutions in the square behind Papineau metro, and while I still find it clever, I think I prefer more massive and monumental works for public spaces, like Ju Ming’s Taichi Single Whip (which will always look like a hockey goalie to me).
Of course Man is spectacular, one of the city’s real treasures. Also Riopelle’s La Joute has things going for it, especially in action:
But I think the fact it relies on effects, and that it’s in a number of pieces, tells against it.
They’re not asking for a least favourite piece, but I have to admit that the The Illuminated Crowd on McGill College has never had any charm for me. But the number of photos I see of the thing suggest many people feel otherwise.