Montreal accepts a gift from Guy Laliberte

guy-laliberteThe funeral Project Pangea is not the only legacy that Guy Laliberté intends to do in Montreal. The metropolis has indeed accept the gift of a work of art by the founder of Cirque du Soleil to adorn one of his libraries.

Guy Laliberté approached the city in November 2013 to bequeath him a copy of the work The Man Sun, the artist Jordi Bonet. However, it was only yesterday, after a long evaluation by a committee of experts that Montreal has officially accepted the gift with a value estimated at $ 99,250.

This work was performed originally in ceramics between 1973 and 1975 by renowned muralist of Catalan origin. Eight copies were to be cast in bronze, but the premature death of the artist in 1979, died of a leukemia, ended this project. Guy Laliberté has however undertaken in 2008 to bring it to term while with the agreement of the wife of the late artist. This is one of those copies that will be bequeathed to Montreal.

The work will be installed on a concrete column in the new entrance to the House of Culture of Ahtunsic-Cartierville. Red Moon Group, company of Guy Laliberté, will cover the costs for the production, transportation and installation of the work. The borough will still carry some work to accommodate it all, valued $ 75,000 to $ 100,000. This work will be integrated into the project to redo the entrance of the establishment. Once the work completed, the work should be inaugurated in 2016.

On the Catalan origin, Jordi Bonet (1932-1979) who settled in Quebec in 1954. muralist recognized, it caused a scandal in 1971 with one of its appointed mural at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, where it says the inscription “You are not sick of dying cellars band! That’s enough! “In Montreal, one of its wall also adorns the Pie-IX metro station in Montreal.

Coincidentally, the acceptance of this gift so that all occurs just learned that the Quebec billionaire intends to make Montreal an important legacy for its 375th anniversary by building the Pangea project on the island of St. Helena.

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