PHARE OUEST (FAR WEST)
Program: Collaborations, Commissions
Location: Taché Promenade
Medium: Stainless steel, LED lighting
Marcel Gosselin’s PHARE OUEST (FAR WEST) is integrated into the Belvédère Saint-Boniface, a promenade-style walkway suspended in the river forest canopy off the Taché Promenade between Provencher Boulevard and Despins Street. This lighthouse-reminiscent structure is underpinned by concepts of coming together, spirituality, refuge, and solace.
In 1844, Sisters Valade, Lagrave, Coutlee and Lafrance of the order of the Grey Nuns of Montreal arrived here via canoe after a fifty-eight day journey. The light within Gosselin’s sculpture recalls how, coming upon the St. Boniface area at 1:00am, the Nuns were guided to the shore of the Red River by Bishop Provencher and his lantern. The floating plates forming the top of the sculpture represent the eight hands of these Nuns coming together and being instrumental in founding, preserving, and protecting the educational, cultural and social service institutions of Saint Boniface. These Franco-Manitoban institutions, represented by the triangular windowed obelisk, rise upward and taper from the base to a vanishing point in the sky.
In the Media:
- Canstar Community News, March 25, 2019: A thing of beauty: Longtime St. Boniface resident embraces Tache Promenade revitalization
- CBC News, posted January 5, 2019: St. Boniface walkway along the Red River now open to the public
Marcel Gosselin is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, and the recipient of a number of Canada Council and Manitoba Arts Council grants. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows in Canada and internationally. His work is featured in public and private collections.
Marcel Gosselin has worked as a visual artist since 1967.