Performance : Circulation
FABRICATION MATERIAL: Ductal (Ultra-high performance concrete)
SIZE OF SCULPTURE : 2.9m height / 35cm wide
LOCATION: 1922, boul. de Maisonneuve West, Montreal
"Circulation", a public art commission for the École des métiers du tourisme, is a reflection of its environment: an organic blending of references to books and places of learning, both today and historically; of trees, forests and spaces for contemplation; and of the modern city that surrounds it.
Culture and nature are in constant negotiation in our modern world, but like political leaders, they must find ways to work together. My work inflects this relationship between the man-made, constructed world and the natural. Will trees become fossils of the future? Are books already antiquated fossils of learning in the age of digital technology?
As the title « Circulation » implies, this work references the dissemination of books and printed matter, linking paper to their source. It also associates to cycles of change, recycling, circulatory movement of people through the city, growth rings, and life cycles of impermanence.
Shelley Miller is a visual artist from Montreal who completed her MFA at Concordia University in 2001. She has since been traveling and presenting her work in India, Brazil and throughout Canada. Her works range from ephemeral installations made with sugar or sand, to permanent sculptures made from marble and concrete. She has created public art works with the Fonderie Darling in the context of Mois de la photo à Montréal 2009, and most recently for the Commission scolaire de Montréal as part of the Service de l’intégration des arts à l’architecture.