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A disk of granite on the ground of the forest in autumn.

La montagne des jours

La Montagne des jours is a work realised in 1991 by Gilbert Boyer for the Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal. The artist, born is Longueuil (Quebec) in 1951, has been integrating art into public spaces for many years.La Montagne des jours consists of five polished granite disks, laid into the mountain in five evocative spots. These stone disks, each 1.52 meters in diameter, are engraved with poetic, amusing, frivolous, anecdotal or moving sentences, phrases and thoughts.

The writings of the artist are fleeting moments and at the same time, timeless and eternal images. These engraved stones are as much the keys that allow the reader to discover and explore the site, as they are the feelings that the reader derives from the author’s words. The words engraved in the stones, anchored to the ground, escape into the mountain as soon as they are deciphered.

With the help of the map, you can find these five disks.

Photo credit

La montagne des jours
Artist: Gilbert Boyer
Photographer : Ariane Ouelette

 

Eloul Kosso, Optimax, 1964
Calcaire et béton. H: 2,94 m.
© Succession Pierre Szeke
Photographe: Karine Gagné
 

Lucie Grégoire Dance, retour du temps, fall 2008
Photographer: Jean-Michel Villanove
© Les amis de la montagne's Collection

Lucie Grégoire Dance, Retour du temps, fall 2008
Photographer Jean-Michel Villanove
© Les amis de la montagne's Collection

Ani Deschênes, Des bandits, Artéfact 2004
Concrete, resin, H: 70cm / each
Photographe: Jean-Michel Villanove
© Les amis de la montagne's Collection
 

Alfred Faniel, Jacques Cartier sur le mont Royal
Photographe: Samuel Montigné


 

Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Champlain explore le site de Montréal en 1603
© Succession Marc-Aurèle Fortin / SODRAC (2008)
Photographe: Samuel Montigné


 

Ju Ming, Spin Kick, taken from the Tai chi series
Bronze
Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne's Collection


 

Sculpture of an angel, Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges
Photographer: Frédéric Nicholas Étienne
© Frédéric Nicholas Étienne

Gilbert Boyer, La Montagne des jours, 1991
Polished granite disks, 1,52cm in diameter
Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Gilbert Boyer, La Montagne des jours (detail), 1991
Polished granite disks, 1,52cm in diameter
Photographer: Samuel Montigné
© Les amis de la montagne Collection

Augustin Cardenas, Sans titre, 1964
Calcaire. H: 3,35m
© Succession Augustin Cardenas / SODRAC (2008)
Photographe: Samuel Montigné


 

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The Sad wind of Autumn

With a cry like that from an infant’s throat,
Dismal, triumphant, the wind through the woods
Races and tears through the bark that it shreds,
Mixing its distant cries with the horn’s low note.

See how it eases; its furies sleep and drowse
Like playtime in the dark night’s tenderness;
Its violin lulled our dreams of happiness
That give their fragrance to the flowering boughs.

Like it, rising inevitably to bray
And rage, yet often holding your tongue as well,
Woman, your love is the wind’s parallel.

Before it strikes our souls, it strokes us lightly;
After it gets in to crush us, comes a day
When it will weep over our hearts’ strewn debris!