A Giant of the Outaouais : Jos Montferrand
Update: Gatineau knitters were concerned that Jos Montferrand was not properly dressed for our current conditions. He was given a face mask around January 13. Then sometime last week, as reported on Giacomo Panico's In Town and Out (CBC Radio One), Jos was presented with a grand 5.5-meter hand-knitted scarf made by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. The full report is here.
This podcast (link below) features local historian Michel Prévost in conversation with artist Jean-Yves Vigneau, creator of the sculpture Dis-moi, Ti-Jos, comment t’es devenu un géant (Tell me, Ti-Jos, how you became a giant), presented on the cultural trail — a discussion around the legendary figure of Jos Montferrand. The discussion explores art, heritage, and the importance of preserving cultural memory.
The sculpture under discussion can be found on rue Montcalm, near the interchange with Highway 50. The display shows Jos Montferrand in a setting that reflects the lumbering culture of the time. The figure of Jos Montferrand that formed the basis of the topiary exhibit in the MosaiCanada display at Jacques Cartier Park in 2017 was donated to the project by Mosaïcultures Internationales.
The podcast was produced by Transistor, as part of the program "Un été sans pareil (A Summer without Equal)" and the #SentierCulturel (Cultural Trail) in the City of Gatineau.
(The podcast is presented in French.)