Le Grand Rassemblement
"Le Grand Rassemblement" is a work of nature-art unique in the world that changes continuously. Created by Marcel Gagnon a little at a time, it was used to develop his own style. It is when he started to paint his characters that he decided to shape them in to sculptures. Inspired by the sea and the tides, he integrates his work of art in the St-Lawrence river.
More than 80 life-size sculptures
In 1986, the artist created 80 life-size sculptures, in reinforced concrete that weigh 685 kg each. In 2003, he increased the amount of statues to more than one hundred. These characters that come out of the sea, seem to join the main character on the edge of the river. This character is on a half-sphere shaped like the earth and it is situated at the end of the parking space of the Art Centre (Centre d'Art).
Depending on mother nature's whims
If the sea characters seem to be alive, it is because of the tides and mother nature, the sunrise, the sunset, the fog, the moonlight, the wind, etc.. In the evening, the light creates different emotions.
These characters change continuously under the visitor's eyes. At low tide you can walk up to the feet of the first sculpture that is in the river. At high tide this statue and many others are completely covered with water.
The rafts and the sea
In 1992, Marcel Gagnon adds to his work of art, rafts that seem to leave for new horizons with some characters on board. These are created of wood and when the tide is high, these small crafts give the illusion of navigating on the sea.
The book of « P'tit Prince de Sainte-Flavie »
In 1996, the author gives to his art the words of a story through a new character that we discover at low tide. It is the "P'tit Prince de Sainte-Flavie" created with cement and inlaid with stones. This one came from the imagination of Marcel Gagnon who wrote an illustrated story with 18 paintings where each scene is under the sea. (you can find this book among our books in the book store in the "Boutique" section.)