Courtepointe (Quilt), by Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau
"For decades, Montreal students have used milk crates to furnish their apartments and studios.
"But, in the past few years, local artists Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau have brought that aesthetic into the big time with building-sized public installations of the colourful plastic cubes.
"[Recently,] Allard and Duchesneau’s creative use of this unexpected medium was recognized with the Prix Art Public at Montreal’s Gala des arts visuels, held at the historic Rialto Theatre.
"Specifically, Allard and Duchesneau were honoured for their installation Courtepointe (Quilt), which was installed at Montreal’s Darling Foundry in 2012. Since that time, the duo has created similar public installations in Baie-Saint-Paul and Charlottetown—as well as large-scale structures crafted out of shipping pallets, among other projects."
Now, maybe there's an idea here for my sleepy little town of Hudson, Quebec. The 5000 residents of Hudson are somewhat demoralized by allegations of civic financial mismanagement and even fraud, which may go back many years. Maybe what this town needs is ...
... a quilt! A big plastic quilt! Making something as a collaborative project, involving as many citizens as possible, would express our solidarity. And we all know that quilts have been given as a gesture of comfort for many generations. Making it out of plastic ensures its durability for an outdoor installation. Can you picture something like this draped over Town Hall?