Update on the Monumental Work from artist Andre Desjardins

Update on the Monumental Work from artist Andre Desjardins

Last May, almost a year ago, André Desjardins started a huge, massive and lengthy project: the creation of the sculpture “Free”, in monumental version, a towering 12 feet tall work. A few friends and patrons knew that André dreamed of creating his second monumental sculpture and chose to finance the project and allow him to embark on this great adventure. The journey has been both demanding and amazing: 96 cubic feet of Styrofoam, 50 bags of clay, 40 pounds of plaster, 150 sheets of sanding paper, 5 metres of chicken wire and 800 hours of work were needed to create the monumental sculpture. To that, you can add the six month-long work at the foundry with meticulous process of transformation to bronze state. So, it’s with great joy and excitement that we are about to declare “mission accomplished!” The installation on the shores of lake Memphremagog is planned for mid-June.

In these days of COVID-19, it’s impossible to organize a grand unveiling. We had to think up some way of celebrating this accomplishment with all of you. That’s how we came up with the plan of holding small group visits throughout the summer. During these visits, we will share with you the story of this extraordinary creative adventure. If you like the idea, please contact us at  info@galerieroccia.com and we will send you all of the details.

Until then, here are a few photos of the creative process: