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Artist Linda Covit on her MUHC-commissioned work, Havre

The Glen campus of the MUHC now houses one of the largest collections of public art in Quebec and it is anchored by a giant globe-like sculpture by Montreal artist Linda Covit.

Sculpture positioned at the gateway to the new superhospital

The artist inside Havre

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Montreal artist Linda Covit explains how the public can interact with her work, positioned at the gateway to the new MUHC superhospital. 0:58

The Glen campus of the MUHC now houses one of the largest collections of public art in Quebec.

The MUHC's collection includes 11 pieces and shows the range of work done by Quebec artists working on public commissions.

The centre piece of the collection is Havre by Linda Covit. It's a 13-metre-high, 16-metre-wide grey, aluminum tube structure that looks like a flower open to the sky. 

Covit was asked to create the largest sculpture on the new Glen site. It's meant to be a welcoming, hopeful work of art. She talks to Jeanette Kelly about what she made and how. 8:56

Havre is set at the main entrance to the hospital and visitors and patients can walk through it on their way to appointments. 

Around $4.3 million was spent on art at the new MUHC as part of the requirement for public buildings to devote one per cent of the budget of to artwork. 

Other works outside the building include a giant teddy bear balancing on a ball and an enormous stethoscope listening to the surrounding city. 

Inside the hospital, other works reference molecular structures and even haemoglobin. 

The hospital collection will include art that is being moved from former locations like the old Royal Victoria and a collection of historic medical equipment.

It also includes items like the dishes and flatware that nurses used in their quarters when they were required to live at the hospital during their training. 

These works of art and artifacts will be displayed throughout the hospital as a reminder of the tradition and history of medical care in the city. 

The bear on the ball, officially named ' Je suis là!', stands in between the Montreal Children's Hospital indoor play space and outdoor playground. (Jeanette Kelly/CBC)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanette Kelly works as the arts reporter at CBC Montreal. She's also the host of Cinq à Six, Quebec's Saturday afternoon culture show on CBC Radio One.

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