Building blocks (competition finalist)

My proposal as a finalist for a public art installation in front of the Saint-Germaine public library in Saint-Hyacinthe, part of the cultural development initiative, Le Pôle culturel , of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Presentation text :

My vision of the city is marked by the way in which it has reinvented its identity throughout its history (from a religious centre, to an industrial hub and now an agro-technology leader).

To highlight the reinvention and multiple identities of the city, I propose a body of work that uses the image of a child playing with building blocks as a metaphor for the reinvention and creativity that continues to define the city.


The structure of the monument is three brightly colored building blocks, stacked one on top of the other. The blocks are slightly offset to signal the idea of ​​a child playing. 

The blocks are anchored on a concrete slab painted in the style of a children’s play mat, illustrated with the streets and buildings from the city of Saint-Hyacinthe, presenting the theme of architectural heritage (a theme further developed in the digital work).

The building blocs act as a frame for a digital artwork. Inside the cubes strings of LED lights are suspended from top to bottom of the two main cubes.

Digital work

Each block will be animated by multiple animation sequences built around my two main visual themes: the heritage architecture of the city of Saint-Hyacinthe and building blocks for children.

These images of our heritage will be combined with an animated series presenting a child playing with building blocks. The juxtaposition of these two visual themes underlines my central idea that cultural identity evolves and builds upon itself with each new generations.

Maquette for digital art piece
Visualization of monument structure