M2000.93.8.1-3 | Stadium Trek - The Sequel

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Stadium Trek - The Sequel
Serge Chapleau
1999, 20th century
Toner on paper - Computer graphic
28 x 43.2 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Montage (computer drawing) (327)
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"The stadium that I have been drawing for almost 20 years has reached the stage of science fiction (like the space ship in the popular TV show, Star Trek)!"

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    Built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium - whose striking design is often compared to that of a space ship - was intended to be a monument befitting of the city of Montreal. However, for many it has become a sad reminder of a costly and dangerous blunder: the huge cost overruns during construction and the many faults and accidents associated with the stadium have led to safety concerns as well as to scathing criticism and even ridicule.

  • Where

    Located in eastern Montreal, in the former city of Maisonneuve, the Olympic Stadium is at the heart of a vast sports complex.

  • When

    When, on January 18, 1999, its roof ripped, snow, ice and water began to accumulate on the floor of the Olympic Stadium, causing the cancellation of the 31st Montreal International Auto Show, scheduled to take place there from January 22 to 31.

  • Who

    In 1972, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau chose French architect Roger Taillibert to design a stadium with a retractable roof for the 1976 Olympic Games. The professional association of architects in Quebec was highly critical of Drapeau's decision.