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22 August 2009

Julien Hébert and the Expo 67 Symbol

Julien Hébert was born in 1917 in the municipality of Rigaud. A pioneer of modern industrial design in Québec, Hébert was originally a student of philosophy before venturing into the Arts. He studied sculpture in Montreal at l'École des beaux-arts, and in Paris under famed sculptor Ossip Zadkine.

Hébert's prominent career saw him teach art history and sculpture at the École des beaux-arts and planning and design at the École du meuble. He also played a key role in establishing the École du design industriel at the Université de Montréal, where he taught as well.

In 1979, he was awarded the distinguished Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas.

Julien Hébert's most famous contribution to popular culture is arguably the design of the Expo 67 logo. In the above Radio-Canada archive, Hébert himself sheds light on the Expo planners' selection process, as well as the meaning of the now-ubiquitous symbol.

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Anonymous JL said...

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Anonymous Rich said...

Yet another great post. Thanks, Jason.

I just stumbled onto this flickr set and thought it might float your retro boat. It did mine...


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Among other works, Julien Hébert also created a metal mural sculpture in the lobby of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts, and the decor of Place-Saint-Henri metro station including the "Bonheur d'Occasion" mural in the ticket hall.

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