The first three statues from the Claire Léger and Claude Allaire collection have assumed their posts along the Knowlton walking path. 

The globe-like Sphère des songes, a 1994 work by Aristide Gagnon, stands guard near the path’s entrance, kitty corner to Coderre’s feed store. Gerard Belanger’s graceful 1988 piece Sortie de soie, gazes out to the lake by Douglass Beach. And the third, l’Oiseau poète, crafted by Léo Gervais in 1980, has taken its place near the Knowlton Golf Club. 

They are part of a dozen statues generously donated to the Town of Brome Lake by the local art collecters and philanthropists Léger and Allaire. The others will find homes in the community over the coming months and years. The hope is that these pieces, after years gracing private grounds, will now be seen and appreciated by the greater public. As Léger said during a press conference late last year, “art is meant to be shared and enjoyed by many.” 

Photos: Dominique Parizeau