Michel de Broin

Born in Montreal, 1970.
Lives and works in Montreal

Majestic is designed from lampposts uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. Assembled around a steel core with its street lights flickering anew, this work examines notions of horizon, equilibrium and entropy. The repeated folding of the horizon causes the stellation of the vertical elements, a star that evokes the unity of the people who rallied to rebuild the city of New Orleans. The work is named for the site where it was born: the Majestic Mortuary, a funeral parlour in the city’s historical Faubourg Lafayette ward. I gave it this strange, untranslatable name because I like the idea of a birth taking place in a funeral home.

Majestic 2011
lamp-posts, steel, glass, electricity
10.9 × 10.9 × 9.1 m
Gift of Donald and Beth Sobey, Nova Scotia, 2012
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Photo © NGC

Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 exhibition catalogue
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa