As I said yesterday, I was on Île Sainte-Hélène earlier this week, and the haut-gamme, fancy-ass, upscale and real expensive restaurant Hélène de Champlain closed and they are doing some sort of renovations on it. But what I didn’t know and fascinated me was the rose garden in front of it. Next year I’m going to have to go back earlier in the season. because it was kind of slim pickings in mid-September.
Earlier in the week I went to Île Sainte-Hélène (more on that later) but while I was there I became a picture snapping fool! Besides these, of Alexander Calder’s Man, Three Disks (L’Homme), I also got pictures of most of the other public art and a whole bunch of roses (who would’ve thunk?!?).
Anyhows, Man, Three Disks (L’Homme), by Mr. Calder has got to be one of the more iconic statues, monuments pieces of public art in Montreal. But until earlier this week, I had never seen it, due to its location and the fact that I am not a real big fan of contemporary disco music (actually come to think of it, I’ve never been a fan of contemporary disco music even in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 00s – I think it takes me about 15 to 20 years or so before I like any dance music. If I remember correctly I didn’t get a copy of Amii Stewart’s Knock on Wood until the late 90s, but I digress).
But as I was saying, Man, Three Disks (L’Homme), by Mr. Calder is a pretty gosh darn impressive piece of work. I’ll leave it to you to do the reading up on it that can be found on the internet (one, two, three). One thing I did not know is that it was moved from its original location in 1991. At some point I’m going to have to go back to Île Sainte-Hélène (for other reasons) and see if I can find where it was originally.
And finally, if you want to see other pictures of it (both in its original location and the new one) try these.