COVIDArtQc, the first stage of a mural trail in Lac-Mégantic
After its tour of 48 monumental sculptures, including this Baladin, Lac-Mégantic could see the birth over the next few years of a tour of exterior murals, according to the vision of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Commission.
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Jacynthe Nadeau La Tribune The COVIDArtQc mural that the community of Lac-Mégantic will see appear in October, on the fire station, will be the first of a set of murals that the Commission des arts, de la culture et du patrimoine wishes to install in 2021 -2022.
The Arts Commission (CACP) began to think about this when the call for proposals from the Chief Scientist of Quebec arrived last June and saw it as an opportunity to take a first step.
“We can say that it was a quick first step, almost a jump, because we prepared the project in July. The office of the chief scientist gave a response on August 15 and we were among the nine [cities] recipients, ”says André Samson, of the CACP.
This COVIDArtQc mural will be the flagship activity of the Journées de la culture in Lac-Mégantic. From October 1 to 25, residents will be able to attend the performance of Sherbrooke muralist Nicolas Lareau from time to time. Given the cool weather at this time of year, the 37 square meter (400 square feet, or 10 by 40 feet) artwork will be carried out inside the building adjoining the Youth Space (a skatepark currently in operation. construction site) to then be installed on the wall of the barracks which overlooks the marina.
The activity is funded by the Quebec Research Fund. Lac-Mégantic is the only city in Estrie to participate in the activity.
The work in gestation will bridge the gap between the pandemic and the Cittaslow values to which the city of Lac-Mégantic adheres since 2017. It will be inspired by the work of Dr. Kim Lavoie, researcher in behavioral medicine, who is conducting a study on the effects of the pandemic on the behavior of the world population.
The CACP also had the idea of pairing the activity with the creation of a smaller mural (just under five square meters) by a small group of students from Polyvalente Montignac.
“We are going to allow a few young people to create a mural, with advice from Nicolas Lareau, to take advantage of their time here and perhaps create in them an interest, even aptitudes for the visual arts”, explains Mr. Samson. .
The youth mural will be produced during the weekend of October 17 and 18, in collaboration with visual artist Rachel Robin, and will eventually be installed in the Youth Space, potentially becoming the second work of the future route.
André Samson is very proud of the links created by this project between science and art, between the pandemic and the rail disaster, between young people and the community.
“The office of the chief scientist wishes to give a lot of visibility to COVIDArtQc and, for me, it awakened somewhat the same feelings that we had at the end of 2013”, he explains.
“Something catastrophic just happened. There is a pandemic. It's not the same thing, but it also affects our mood or our morale. With the people from the Arts Commission, we said to ourselves, when we experienced the tragedy, that it didn't look like the following summer, there was only a black hole in this place. This is where we mobilized. There was the boardwalk that became the Wind Walk, then a first sculpture symposium that we doubled the following year. It is the reaction of a community to say not that art is better than anything, but that art can often act faster. To say that we are making a gesture. Let us illustrate the life that pushes to move forward. “