Inspired by the Riopelle foundation fountain which this bench sits beside. Jean-Paul Riopelle is best know for his abstract painting style, in particular his "mosaic" works of the 1950s when he famously abandoned the paintbrush, using only a palette knife to apply paint to canvas, giving his work a distinctive sculptural quality.
Inaugurated in 2004, the Quartier international (QIM) is an urban area located between the city's business district and Old Montreal. Restoring the link between two of Quebec's major tourism sectors and revitalizing the area, the QIM displays innovation in design, architecture and planning and to stage cultural activities.
Orange Prize - Landscape and Urban Design Award From Save Montreal
Gold Award - Landscape architecture prize from the National Post Design Exchange Awards
Landscape Award from Télé-Quebec and the Arts in the City
Metropole Award from the Montreal Design Institute (IDM)