With this in mind, in 2011, the McGill University Health Centre created the Art and Heritage Centre whose mandate it was to collect the story of the MUHC in art and objects. Its catalogue now holds more than 2,000 vintage photos, 1,000 diverse items, and reams of documentations. But beyond the many art objects that found a new home, there are the magnificent new pubic pieces that now adorn the interior and exterior of the mega hospital.

The art is contemporary and spectacular and speaks of the great talent of our local artists. The list is long and can be found on the Centre's website (below). Four works in particular need to be mentioned: Linda Covit’s magnificent Havre, a giant globe that takes on magical dimensions when lit at night; Cooke-Sasseville’s scultpure, Prendre le pouls, is a playful reference to a common medical proceure, while Michel Saulnier’s joyful «Je suis là!» combines a sphere with a bear to the great amusement of the youngest patients when they visit the atrium and terrace of the children’s hospital. Gille Mihalcean’s abstract piece is left to the viewer’s imagination. The shapes lend themselves to an organic as much as mechanical interpretation, and placed in the Healing Garden adjacent to the Cancer Centre, offers a form of visual meditation.

More art enlivens the indoor space, but that would mean venturing inside... and that’s another story.

 
http://muhc.ca/muhc-heritage/Glenpublicart(lien externe)

 

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Cooke-Sasseville
Prendre le pouls
Aluminium, electrostatic paint, concrete
8 x 6 m
Location: Terrace adjacent to the Adult hospital cafeteria

 
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Linda Covit
Havre
Painted aluminium, LED lighting
13 x 15.78 m
Location: Glen Site Main Plaza

 
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Linda Covit
Havre (Detail)
Painted aluminium, LED lighting
13 x 15.78 m

 
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Michel Saulnier
« Je suis là ! »
Aluminium, anodized aluminium, electrostatic paint, brass, granite.
11.3 m (bear), 3.65 m (sphere)
Location: Atrium and terrace at the children’s hospital

 
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Gilles Mihalcean
Printemps
Aluminium, stainless steel, paint, lighting
10 x 4.6 x 1.5 m
Location: Healing Garden, adjacent to the Cancer Centre