Vague: Art In All Its Curious Majesty

275 kg, 1.6 metres high and 2 metres wide. Montreal artist Patrick Coutu’s bronze masterpiece is as majestic as it is intriguing. Among the 7000 works of art in the National Bank Corporate Collection, Vague was the winning submission of the first ever National Bank Contest.

The sculpture was inspired by the Golden Number (√5+1)/2), which is widely found in both natural and human designs. At first glance its fluid geometry is reminiscent of the repetitive form of waves on the ocean, but on closer inspection, it can be seen that the sculpture is woven out of 2,705 plus and minus sign bronze pieces. What is most interesting is that this same mathematical model is used not only to understand fluid dynamics, but to analyze stock market fluctuations.

The addition of Vague reaffirms National Bank as a major supporter of the Canadian arts, fostering the development of local talent and pride in our national heritage. Not only does it promote Canadian talent, but enriches the space for the thousands of employees and clients that walk through the doors of the newly renovated branch every day. The new flagship branch reflects the latest design standards and reinforces the bank’s eco-friendly practice. 

Vague, can be viewed by clients and the general public in the area reserved for art exhibitions in National Bank’s newly renovated flagship branch at 600 De La Gauchetière West in downtown Montreal.

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