A Tall Couple
Louis Archambault (1915–2003) created A Tall Couple, the bronze sculpture nestled in the perennial gardens by UTSC’s H-wing patio. Commissioned for Expo 67 in Montreal, the work was later donated to the university by the House of Seagram, a sponsor of the Canadian Pavilion. Archambault, who was born in Montreal, is considered one of the greatest Canadian sculptors of his time. He was an innovator who conceptualized sculpture beyond its traditional role in churches or as commemorative works, bringing it into the public realm as abstracted, modernist forms imbued with symbolism and archetypal themes. A Tall Couple is the first artwork to be acquired for UTSC’s Permanent Collection, now renamed the Doris McCarthy Gallery Permanent Collection.
Ann MacDonald is the director and curator of UTSC's Doris McCarthy Gallery and a lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts.