Square Victoria - Sculptures by Ju Ming

Copyright Photo: Square Victoria Agora Jets by Montreal Photo Daily, on Flickr
Square Victoria Agora Fountain

Copyright Photo: Taichi Shadow Boxing by Montreal Photo Daily, on Flickr
"Taichi Shadow Boxing" by Ju Ming

Copyright Photo: Taichi Single Whip by Montreal Photo Daily, on Flickr
"Taichi Single Whip" by Ju Ming

From Guimard's graceful Metro entrance portico, a line of small pulsating jets of water lead the way northwards to the other end of Square Victoria. This spot is anchored by a pair of forbidding figures in bronze executed by Ju Ming of Taiwan. These massive TaiChi practitioners are permanently engaged in movements from the ancient art. The larger piece is titled "TaiChi Single Whip" and the smaller one is "TaiChi Shadow Boxing". These sculptures are part of a series by this artist who has works installed in major public spaces in Asia, Europe and North America. Montreal was fortunate enough to acquire these major works and they have been displayed here since 2006.



14 comments:

Arija said...

My, oh my, how things have changed over the last 50 years. Nice to see the art in the square, and so nice to know I will get more glimpses of one of my favourite cities on your blog.

Montreal Photo Daily said...

Arija, I'm so happy you stopped by. It's July 1st... Happy Canada Day!

Mo said...

Great sculptures

Birdman said...

Is that last one, the hockey goalie heading into a 'butterfly'? It is Montreal after all.

Jarart said...

Nice! Happy Canada Day to you!

RedPat said...

They are fabulous and so well positioned relative to the fountain and metro entrance! Happy Canada Day!

Montreal Photo Daily said...

@ Birdman: haha! Some pranksters had actually made a hockey jersey large enough to fit this sculpture. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me at the time. Oh, that was a good one. City officials were not happy. :)

@ Jarart and RedPat: thanks and likewise!

Andrew Etchen said...

Happy Canada Day!

I last visited Montreal last summer and I don't remember seeing these. Such amazing structures! Great photos!

magiceye said...

beautiful captures!!

Randy said...

Happy Canada Day! What a great place for people watching. Love the Ju Ming sculpture.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Happy Canada Day. Love this public art installation. The scale is impressive.

Who is this? I stumbled on this website by mistake and knew it couldn't be nice, kind Ken's site!

http://montrealdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

llandudnopictures said...

What great scuplture! They look kind of menacing (in a good way). Do kids runs through the water in the summer?

Ken said...

@ llandudnopictures: Yes, you guessed it. Skateboarders seem to like this square too.

Ken said...

Hey GDP! Thanks for the heads up.
He's the reason why I had to switch 'daily & photo' around. I hope this angry dragon doesn't wake up. hehe.

* Have a great 4th of July weekend !