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L'Accueil - Une arche de lumière

Carrefour giratoire, entrée ouest de la ville (boulevard de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, Rivière-du-Loup (Québec)


L'accueil is an identifying landmark in which a circular band of moving light surrounds a gold-leaf lined cupola inside an arch that invites the visitor to pass underneath. Like a lighthouse, this creation has become a point of reference in the city. It is one of André Fournelle's major works, both for its dimensions and for its synthesis of form and technique.

Light is the connecting thread in Quebec sculptor André Fournelle's forty-year artistic career: the light of fire, neon, laser, or molten metal, which he uses to create signs in carrying out symbolic acts. His works evoke themes of uprooting and the fleeting passage of time, exuding poetry and strength of mystical, geophysical inspiration. His works in public spaces and in nature make reference to the four elements: air, water, earth, and fire.

Among the artist's notable installations and monumental works that commune with architecture and the environment are Lumière et silence (Pont des Arts in Paris), Spirale (a neon work in Death Valley, California), and Pyrophore (Vieille Pulperie, Chicoutimi).