By Michel de Broin for SCAPE Public Art Season 2018
This work first appeared in North Hagley Park as part of Don’t Misbehave!: SCAPE 2006 Biennial of Art in Public Space, curated by Natasha Conland and Susanne Jaschko.
Here situated on the corner of Cambridge and Hereford Streets, adjacent to newly redeveloped urban office, shopping and hospitality zones, the work’s never-ending wonky circuit can be seen as a ‘road to nowhere’, a surreal, condensed space for time trials or races, or as commentary on the more absurd qualities of life in a rapidly changing central city, where urban design and city planning aspire to re-activate spaces that were decimated during the quakes and their aftermath.
Michel de Broin
Michel de Broin currently lives and works in Montreal. His public art works and commissions in the last decade have included: Dendrites, 2017, Montreal; Thresholds, 2017, Montréal; Interlude, 2016, Québec city; Bloom, 2015, Calgary; Possibilities, 2012, Mississauga; Interlace, 2012, Changwong; Majestic, 2011, New Orleans; Revolution, 2010, Rennes; Arch, Montréal, 2009; La maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel, 2009, Paris; Overflow, 2008, Toronto; Encircling, Christchurch, 2006; Shared Propulsion Car, 2005, New York and 2007, Toronto; Révolutions, 2003, Parc Maisonneuve-Cartier, Montréal. Recipient of the 2007 Sobey Art Award, de Broin has also received grants from the Harpo Foundation (Los Angeles) and Krasner-Pollock Foundation (New York). Most recently, he has been awarded a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City. A mid-career survey of his work was mounted by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. De Broin has had a number of solo exhibitions such as Reciprocal Energy, at Musée d’art contemporain Val-de-Marne, France; Reverse Entropy at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Disruption from Within at Plug In, Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada; Épater la Galerie at Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany. Group exhibitions include Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland; Acclimatation, Centre d’art Villa Arson, Nice, France; Untethered, Eyebeam, New York, NY; and Au courant, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.