The MAC invites you to try a series of creative challenges using ordinary items you can find at home, in a few simple steps. This creative endeavour is for everyone! Share your creation on social media, tag it #MACOMMUNAUTÉ, and continue the conversation with our impassioned mediators.

First, discover the artwork

It isn’t always easy to visualize the physicality of a work of art when looking at it on a web page. In real space, this 5-metre-tall sculpture dominates the viewer, an imposing monument consisting of stacked objects: a Greek column, a bust of a Renaissance sculptor, some musical instruments and, especially, books.

Take the time to read the books’ titles. They are all works on art history—as if the artist went through his bookshelf to pay tribute to his discipline.

The tribute here isn’t a particularly serious one, though. Instead, the historical, monumental aspect has been transformed into a playful balancing act. We get the impression that the objects could come crashing down at any moment. But wait. . . are they actually objects? Look more closely.

They are all photos and silkscreen prints glued to plywood. Why this trompe-l’œil? To make a sly comment on the austerity of classical art? Blur the boundaries between the various artistic media? Prompt us to reflect on the relationship between reality and its representation?

And what if art is merely illusion?

Then, let’s create 

With this project, you’ll design a sculpture by stacking. Think of a portrait of the everyday: we want you to use anything and everything you have at hand!

  1. Find a few objects in various formats: boxes, containers, toys, items from your recycling bin and, of course, books—testifying to everything you’ve been reading lately. Flat surfaces will make stacking easier.
  2. Based on the dimensions and quantity of objects, assemble them all vertically, either on a table or directly on the floor.
  3. Play with precariousness: arrange things so that they’re on the verge of toppling over. Experiment with different stackings of the same objects. Defy gravity!
  4. Photograph the composition over its full height, from a frontal perspective.
  5. Give your creation a title.
  6. Share your creation and tag it #MACOMMUNAUTÉ

To learn more

Introduction to the artist and the work in our online collection.

Artist’s website with comprehensive information about his production.

Article (in French) about the exhibition Museum Circus by Pierre Ayot at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 1993. This show featured works from the same period.


The Musée’s Art Workshops offer a creative space where participants can give free rein to their imagination by making their own artworks inspired by a piece on display at the Musée, while experimenting with various techniques, media and materials.

Some workshops start off with a gallery tour for inspiration.

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