The mural “Bromptonville, from yesterday to today” was unveiled Wednesday, in the presence of elected officials and citizens. Installed on the outside wall of the Brompton District Borough Office, the new mural is designed to showcase the community’s sense of pride and belonging.
“We must remember that 2017 marked the abolition of our borough. We thought it was important to make a gesture that would remind the community that beyond governance structures, Brompton was built by people of heart and action, proud and committed builders. Remember that the community is capable of great things despite its small size and that it will not fade over time, because the community is still alive, “said the president of the borough of Brompton-Rock-Forest- Saint-Élie-Deauville, Nicole Bergeron.
Directed by the Sherbrooke artist Nicolas Lareau, the work represents several elements that have marked the history of Bromptonville and the Township of Brompton. The blue corridor represents the Saint-François River on which the natives moved. The pine and spruce forest and the St. Francis Mills sawmill represent the role of the forest industry in the creation of Brompton. The fields represent agriculture well present on the territory. The portrait of Onesime Lambert, former mayor and merchant, and the convent founded by the congregation Notre-Dame are also found there.
“There is also the Saint-Praxède Church, built in 1904, the most recognizable architectural feature of Bromptonville. This church was a community gathering place throughout the 20th century. It has also served as a theater, music hall and even refuge when a Japanese attack on Canada was feared. This church, which fell prey to the flames, was rebuilt precisely thanks to the mobilization and generosity of the people of the community, “said Ms. Bergeron.
When art and history meet
“It’s really a privilege for me to tell the story of Bromptonville with the art I know, that is, the mural. I hope that the families who are going around here will be able to enjoy it. And in a last time, I hope that this project will open the door to other beautiful, inspiring, creative and dynamic projects “, said the artist Nicolas Lareau, whose works already decorate the arena of the Brompton area and a wall of the Deux-Rives school.
The member for Saint-François Guy Hardy is one of the people who made possible the realization of the mural. “I am pleased to contribute to the development of this work, which commemorates both the history of Brompton and that of our entire region,” noted the MP, who spent almost $ 2,000 of the $ 7,500 needed to make it happen. of the project.
“Paulo Coelho wrote that all we fear is to lose what we have. Whether it’s our life or our cultures. But this fear ceases when we understand that our history and the history of the world were written in the same hand. Today, it is thanks to the hands of Nicolas Lareau that we travel in the history of the region, “added Mr. Hardy.
The City of Sherbrooke was also able to count on the financial contribution of the Brompton Industrial Promotion Committee, the Bromptonville Optimist Club and the lawyer Kathleen Gélinas.
Present for the unveiling of the mural, the Mayor of Sherbrooke, Steve Lussier, took the opportunity to mark the end of the redevelopment of Ouellet Park located opposite the borough office of the Brompton area. This neighborhood park, with an area of 1182 square meters, has been completely rebuilt to include a playground for children from 2 to 12 years old. All of the work required an investment of $ 163,800.
“I hope many people will come to see the new park and the new mural. And hat to the artist! The Mayor said.