P. Chatillon with some characters from the "Marguerite and Philédor Beausoleil" sculpture

Photos: Nicole Vigneault

This park was created to acquaint the public with the literary history of Nicolet. It is a beautiful setting in which visitors can mingle with a few characters of fiction, portrayed by life-size steel sculptures. Think of it as a giant open air book which informs as well as entertains you.

Over the years, thirty writers have called Nicolet their home. Some of them even chose to set their characters' lives in the Nicolet region.

The park is located in a stand of pine trees next to the Museum of Religions. One of the Museum's walls is adorned with aluminum plaques displaying the names of all 30 writers: Pierre Laviolette, Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, Jr., Antoine Gérin-Lajoie, Octave H. dit Chatillon, Louis-Honoré Fréchette, Arthur Buies, Adolphe Poisson, Nérée Beauchemin, Edmond de Nevers, Charles Gill, Alphonse Désilets, Jean Narrache, Jean Béraud, Jeanne L'Archevêque Duguay, Roger Brien, Éloi de Grandmont, Guy Désilets, Gilles Leclerc, François de Vernal, Gérald Tougas, Marcelle Roy, Jacques Poulin , Pierre Chatillon, Claude-Emmanuelle Yance, Louis Caron, Louise Leblanc, Jean-Marc Fréchette, Suzanne Jacob, Raymonde Lamothe and Serge Rousseau.
A magnificent steel inkwell accompanies this mural.

As you stroll the paths of the park, you will come upon steel lecterns presenting texts by a selection of these authors. On five other plaques, poems by Pierre Chatillon come to life through the exquisite drawings of Nicolet artist, Nicole Vigneault. The main attractions, however, are the steel sculptures created by local artists, Sébastien and Pierre Brassard, based on an idea by Pierre Chatillon..

The first of these represents a scene from Pierre Chatillon's novel entitled La mort rousse (The Red-Haired Death). The second introduces us to Hyacinthe Bellerose, a character in Louis Caron's novel, Le canard de bois (The Wooden Duck). The third sculpture depicts Marguerite and Philédor Beausoleil, the main characters of Pierre Chatillon's novel, Philédor Beausoleil, accompanied by five miniature characters of Québec legend. The fourth portrays Jos Violon and four elves found in Louis Fréchette's Contes de Jos Violon (Tales of Jos Violon). The fifth illustrates the folk song Un canadien errant (A Wandering Canadian) by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie. The last sculpture, inspired by Le bonhomme sept heures (The Bone Setter), a novel by Louis Caron, represents the young hero of the story seated at the foot of a steel pine tree that stands five meters tall.

The first two sculptures were set in place for the inauguration of the park on June 24, 1998. The others were installed in 1999 and 2000.

Nicole Vigneault's five drawings, illustrating some of Pierre Chatillon's poems, are displayed on aluminum plaques donated to the Literary Park in 2001 by the Auberge Godefroy, a charming country manor.


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