Brief history of Artria – The Open-air Museum

Under the auspices of sculptors driven by a dream, Roger Lapalme, area artist, and Jules Lasalle, André Domon, Rino Côté and Danny Glaude of Montreal, five editions of the International Symposium of monumental sculptures were produced, thus from 1997 to 2000 and in 2015. These large-scale events handed down to our region an invaluable cultural heritage.

The Mission

Within a framework of sustainable development, it is important that this cultural heritage left by the International Symposium of monumental sculptures be preserved to ensure the continued existence and the enhancement of the monumental works collection located on our territory. Its strategic location on the cycling network makes it easily accessible to the people as well as visitors keen on cycling and culture.

What is Artria – the Open-air Museum?

This novel concept consists in establishing an open-air museum inspired by the architecture of an interior museum and pinpointing the important strategic areas of distinct panoramic value for setting up the permanent displays. All these sections of the Open-air Museum, through the concentration of monumental works, are enlivened by rich landscaping, artistic furnishings and walking spaces ensuring the visitor’s safety. The Museum is accessible to cyclists, to hikers as well as running enthusiasts. These paths also favour the discovery of all the Haute-Yamaska’s characteristic scenery (urban, lakeside, countryside and forest). It is important to note that “solitary works” disseminated all along the paths will rekindle the “Open-air Museum” effect by displaying the same layout concept (artistic marking, plant atmosphere, lookout onto a panorama, etc.).