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Lineal Order

Lineal Order

George Boileau
b. 1952

Lineal Order
  • Located in the courtyard of Symphony Place, 71 Simcoe St.

About the artwork

Lineal Order is composed of three elements: A shadow on the wall; the life-size figure of a man; and a smaller figure of a little boy, both wearing a long coat. Sculpted in bronze, the man is slim, middle-aged, and wears nothing more than an overcoat. Face him and you will notice his shadow on the wall behind him, a silhouette of his timeless figure. There is another bronze figure across from him, not seen in this photograph, this time of a small boy, also nude except for his overcoat. Both the statues are standing in the same position, upright, arms at their sides in a relaxed manner. Unlike the man, the boy does not have wrinkles or physical signs of aging, but he expresses the same haunted expression.


About the artist

George Boileau is a Canadian sculptor and contemporary artist with a background in fine arts and engineering. He creates intricately detailed figures in alienated structural environments that can be associated with technological advancement. His bronze and steel sculptures convey the intellectual strength, resilience and dignity of humanity. Formerly the department head of Sculpture & Installation at OCAD University, Boileau has exhibited widely over the past three decades. His sculptures have appeared in countless public and private collections, and his public art commissions are displayed across the country.

Fun facts

  • The sculpture is on the walk list of several downtown walking tours and groups frequently gather outside the condo in the summer months.

Engagement questions

  • What expression(s) is the figure of the man trying to convey? What could the dynamic of the two statues and the shadow represent?