In addition to studying sculpture at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, Julien Hébert was a student of Ossip Zadkine in Paris from 1947 to 1948. He taught at both the École des beaux-arts and the École du meuble and helped establish the École du design industriel at the Université de Montréal. His work includes the logos for Expo 67 and the Cégep du Vieux Montréal, as well as the design for Quebec’s pavilion at the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka. He was one of the architects behind Montreal’s Place-Saint-Henri subway station, for which he also created a mural entitled Bonheur d’occasion; named after Gabrielle Roy’s classic novel, it evokes the working-class history of the neighbourhood. In 1963, Hébert completed the mural sculpture located in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts. He was awarded the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas in 1979.