Today, CDPQ Infra unveiled the public art program of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), named “UniR”, and developed by the Curator of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Marie-Justine Snider. The press conference was attended by Jean-Marc Arbaud, President and CEO of CDPQ Infra, Chantal Rouleau, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal region, and Annie Gérin, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. The collection will enhance the experience of REM users, encourage the next generation of public art and contribute to the creation of major cultural legacies. CDPQ Infra is also committed to an additional contribution in support of Quebec public art. This program will have three major components:
- Component 1 – Permanent works along the route
- Strategically located on the four REM lines to highlight the places they pass through and to offer a diversity of artistic experiences.
- Component 2 – Temporary works
- Linked to an agreement with Concordia University, McGill University, Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), which will be created each year over a period of four years, in order to offer a plurality of voices, views and experiences, and to stimulate the next generation of artists.
- Component 3 – additional cultural legacies
- Made possible by an additional $3 million contribution from CDPQ Infra, for the installation of important works.
For more information, visit the news article on the new program on the REM’s website.