Edouard-Montpetit Station

This artist won the 2008 Flash Forward Emerging Photography Competition!

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The prints you receive are archival, chromogenic prints on a semi-matte paper with a longevity of 100+ years under normal light conditions.

The quoted dimensions refer to the paper size, and not the size of image contained within the paper. Each image is printed with a minimum 1/4" border to allow for framing, and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

John van der Woude
Edouard-Montpetit Station, 2008
from the series Benched

I spent a Sunday morning traveling around the MontrĂ©al Metro system, investigating the different designs of the metro stations, as each one in the city is unique from the rest. I traveled to stations I rarely visited, and when I pulled into this station, it immediately struck me as an interesting clash of lines and outlandish bench designs. The almost throne-like appearance of the bench is in immediate competition with the strong horizontal lines of the bricks behind it as well as the diamond-tiles of the floor. Opened in 1988, it’s a testament to the “over-design” of the 1980s and would undoubtedly never be designed like this today. That’s not meant to detract from the design, but rather to suggest that it’s a snapshot of a different design aesthetic where function took more of a backseat to showmanship.


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