Dominique Rolland studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and founded the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal in 1983. In 1985, he spearheaded the Symposium de sculpture de Lachine and the Musée plein air, which has become one of the largest open-air museums in Canada. In addition to actively organizing numerous cultural events, Rolland is a sculptor with works in a number of Quebec museums. He has produced several outstanding pieces, including Christian, installed at UQAM’s Judith-Jasmin pavilion (1980); a monumental work of limestone in the courtyard of the CSLC du Marigot in Laval (1982); and two colossal sculptures in Lachine’s René-Lévesque Park: Le Phare d’Archimède (1986) and Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1993). The latter, a three-dimensional quotation of Édouard Manet’s famous painting, allows visitors to stand in for the missing figures. Rolland’s work as a whole characteristically condenses time and invites a broader public to step into living history in a state of constant renewal.
« Lachine : Récentes acquisitions », ESPACE #34, p. 40.