Ring represents the union. The union between man and his environment. It consists of six bicycle wheels illustrating the different periods of the life that once united form a coherent whole. The circle represents the cycle of life and it’s superposition symbolizes the mountains surrounding the area. This work is a tribute to constantly raising the bar through the small and the big challenges that the human encounter and overcome during his life. At some point of our lives, small valleys can seem to be a mountain to climb, but you need to keep hope and to stay in the course, raising your head to better see the future. Driving straight ahead, being confident and proud of the progress.
The aluminum used is recycled and it’s giving a new life to the art, space and time. This white and shiny metal represents vitality that is found in the sport and in our beautiful region . The 5 solid circles represent the 5 continents and our openness to the world . The same spirit of sharing and communion that animates the Olympics.
Jean Côté, painter and nomad sculptor, was born in 1937 in the region of Lac-Saint- Jean. He manifests significant talent for drawing early in his childhood. However, he developed an interest in abstract art during his adulthood, while he collects paintings, a passion that endures. Self-taught artist, he attended in Quebec and France schools of painting and sculpture and participates in lithography workshops. He studied at the School of Quebec paintings and the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. He has forty years of artistic experience and over 125 group exhibitions and solo since 1979, in Canada, Europe and Asia.