Not much public art: Quel Avenir
François Cardinal compares Montreal to Chicago on Quel Avenir today, finding us lacking in monumental pieces of public art.
But art has to go with the city’s scale, and Chicago has areas of very big classic skyscrapers in a way we don’t. These things come about partly by intention, yes, but also partly as a result of a city’s particular history.
Actually, I think people just stop seeing public art after awhile. It becomes part of the landscape, whereas if you visit a different city the art pops out at you because of its novelty to you. When OpenFile did a recent look at public art in Canada, I was asked informally to suggest some here, and came up with a long list just running through my visual memories. We have lots. We just don’t notice it any more.