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2006 02 04
The Turcot Yards to the Turcot Interchange 4
A short history and the creation of a temple for the automobile

By Doug Scholes

The Turcot Interchange presents itself as a most interesting combination of the pragmatic (traffic flow) and the monumental, a sculpture that could be seen as a temple for car culture. I know that the intention of the city planners and engineers who devised the systems and created the structure did not come from a religious resolve or determination to uphold the car as an earthly deity worthy of worship.


But, that being said, the visual effect created by the size and structure of the Interchange (particularly as seen from the ground) is overpowering and awe-inspiring. The sense of awe or worship is given credence in that vehicles using the Interchange often move very slowly, as if paying homage or taking part in a pilgrimage-like procession – the animated element of some unspoken religious ritual. Furthermore, on the ground directly below and woven between the pillars are parking lots for the local community centre, the Gadbois Centre, where, on Sunday mornings, one can find more parked cars than at local churches.

Douglas Scholes is an artist whose installation/performance works imbibe the idea of maintenance. His work deteriorates, allowing him to rebuild only to have it fall apart again. Living in St-Henri near the Turcot Interchange he is fascinated by the structure (a monumental sculpture by accident) and its ability to defy gravity, which leads him to wonder about its sustainable duration.
[email this story] Posted by Alexandra McIntosh on 02/04 at 05:50 AM
  1. J’aime beaucoup ce que mademoiselle McIntosh écrit. C’est toujours très intelligent et parfaitement observé. Elle a beaucoup de talents. Elle déchire.
    Mr. Butterfly

    Posted by  on  03/27  at  06:39 PM

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