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Million dollar art alley opens.

by Veronica Redgrave

Remember when a  life-sized cow lay down on Sherbrooke in front of the MMFA staircase? Children crawled over it and tourists posed beside. Come on. We know you did too.

This charming bronze piece called Clara, by artist Joe Fafard, has been moved to round the corner, on Avenue du Musée, where the MMFA has planned a pretty pedestrian pause area for the summer. The bottom part of du Musée will be closed to traffic so that one can quietly enjoy this new million dollar art alley.

You’ll be able to sit amidst the flowers and admire sculptures by some of the most famous artists on the planet, including award-winning British artist Antony Gormley, whose Building VI (2003) – a more-than-life-size-tall man – shines in its silvery glory. A nice, big, round apple, London Apple (2007) by Claude Lalanne cries out to be Facebook friended in a photo op. It was lent by Georges Marciano, of Guess Jeans, who also lent the fun Fanny Fanny (1990) by César Baldaccini.

And right on Sherbrooke Street is The Eye, the massive piece with its wondrous light-catching wings, by Montrealer-now-working-in-New York, artist David Altmejd. His work is in such major museums as the Guggenheim and the Whitney in New York, and he represented Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale.  Far from the madding crowd, visit this new oasis of art-full peace; day or night.