In 1983 the official residence of the Governor General of Canada in Quebec City was badly damaged by fire. As part of the restoration project the Assistant-Deputy Minister of Public Works, the chief architect for federal projects in Canada, requested us to design and create a fireplace.
“As the flat rectilinear wall of marble is broken by the ceramic arch, folding and unfolding in a series of pale organic forms, one looks into a kind of limestone cave, or into some mouth or womb of fire. When the flames add their flickering lights and shadows to this voluptuous frieze, it
can only become more suggestively alive, and erotic”
(D.G. Jones 1985).
272 x 250 cm
Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada, La Citadelle, Quebec, Canada
Doucet-Saito Concept in Clay (1985), exhibition catalogue
Raymond Martinot (first image)
Clare Dufour (second and third image)