Michel de Broin Has Created ‘Dendrites’, A Public Art Sculpture In Montreal

This modern public sculpture in Montreal, Canada, was inspired by neurons and trees. #Sculpture #PublicArt #WeatheringSteel #Montreal

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Commissioned by the City of Montréal, and located at the core of the International Civil Aviation Organization Plaza (ICAO), ‘Dendrites’ is the newest public sculpture by local artist .

Extending across both sides of Notre-Dame Street in the downtown core, ‘Dendrites’ is comprised of two sculptural stairways made from weathered steel and galvanized steel stairs.

 

This modern public sculpture in Montreal, Canada, was inspired by neurons and trees. #Sculpture #PublicArt #WeatheringSteel #Montreal

Photo by Michel de Broin. Dendrites, 2017. Courtesy of the Artist.

The word dendrite refers to the branched projections of a neuron, which propagate cerebral stimulation, however the term is derived from the Greek Dendron, which is also the word for tree.

Drawing inspiration from the neuron structure, the sculpture appears like massive tree trunks with their network of branches spreading out towards the surrounding cityscape.


This modern public sculpture in Montreal, Canada, was inspired by neurons and trees. #Sculpture #PublicArt #WeatheringSteel #Montreal

Photo by Michel de Broin. Dendrites, 2017. Courtesy of the Artist.

By constructing the sculpture from weathering steel, the piece takes on the color of the tree trunks it references, while simultaneously alluding to the industrial past of the central urban site and its iron infrastructure.


This modern public sculpture in Montreal, Canada, was inspired by neurons and trees. #Sculpture #PublicArt #WeatheringSteel #Montreal

Photography by | Artist: Michel de Broin | Fabrication: Lafontaine Iron Werks Inc. and Toque Innovations | Engineer: Quantum Engineering Inc | Architect: Gabriel Rousseau

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