Sad letter about the Expo 67 site today
Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:02 AM
March 23, 2012
Re: “City receives $125M to celebrate birthday” (Gazette, March 21).
According to Quebec Finance Minister Raymond Bachand, some of this money will be used to highlight the 50th anniversary of Expo 67. However, one wonders how much of our Expo heritage will remain by then.
The 45th anniversary of Expo’s opening day is a month away. What have we been doing lately to mark the occasion?
Late last year, all of Expo’s unique and highly regarded light standards, which had been left to fall into disrepair, were removed from Parc Jean-Drapeau. Debris from their bases can still be found in the park dump on Île Notre-Dame.
Place des Nations on Île Ste. Hélène – the site of so many important events and celebrations at Expo – has been fenced off for some time. Here, too, the approach seems to be eventual demolition by neglect.
Two weeks ago, the tower of the Korean pavilion – one of the few remaining Expo pavilions – was removed and could be found lying on its side in the dump. The remaining part of the pavilion is now also fenced off.
Just last week, a sculpture titled Iris by Raoul Hunter, whose works are installed across Canada and the U.S., was also found in the dump. The work, created for Expo 67 and installed at La Ronde, is listed in Montreal’s inventory of public art as having been “temporarily removed” in recent years. Yet it seems to have been unceremoniously tossed into the trash.
I called the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau this week to inquire whether Hunter’s sculpture was indeed being thrown away and, if this was the case, if it would consider selling or donating it to a museum. My phone calls have not been returned.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:46 AM
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:35 AM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:53 PM
Photo of the Korea tower :
Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:50 AM
Here's a picture I took last May at Parc Jean-Drapeau:
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