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Discovery Monument, Gaspé

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This sculpture, by Québec artist Yves Trudeau, was completed in 1984 and offered to the Town of Gaspé by the Government of Québec in honor of the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s arrival in Gaspé. “Hard edge” in its expression and with “minimalist” tendencies, the Discovery Place Monument explores the historic events of 1534, reminding us of Cartier’s caravel with its forecastle, deck and sails - a ship’s prow, waves, a beach and the Indigenous settlement that once existed where the monument now stands. Located near Gaspé’s town hall, this shiny aluminum sculpture is easy to spot as you drive along Boulevard York Sud, near the Town Hall, downtown Gaspé.