Collage on the Steps of Parliament Hill

Heat Wave (installation view) by Jerome Bertrand
Courtesy of the artist.


Jerome Bertrand’s Public Art Installation in Ottawa, Ontario

A giant collage is installed in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, on the York Street stairs that link the ByWard Market and Major’s Hill Park and run along the south side of the US Embassy. The work is by Montreal collagist Jerome Bertrand whose submission to a call from Canadian Heritage to artists between the ages of 18 and 35 was selected for the honour. Heat Wave “portrays our Canadian population as a vibrant and multi-faceted society,” writes Canadian Heritage. “The fire elements represent passion for life and the warmth of Canadians; the water—photos from the Deschênes Rapids on the Ottawa River—speak to the ancient waterways of Algonquin peoples; and the geometric illustrations represent human activity. The perspective from the bottom of the stairs, looking up, evokes the future of a multicultural society, moving forward and constantly evolving.”

The work is on view until Summer 2020, as part of Canadian Heritage’s “Art in the Capital” program. Learn more HERE.

This News & Notes item appeared in Kolaj #26. To see the entire issue, SUBSCRIBE to Kolaj Magazine or Get a Copy of the Issue.