Doucet & Saito
Commissioned by Norman and Patterson Webster
This sculpture by Eastern Townships-based artists Doucet Saito marks a transition from clay to stone for this eminent husband-and-wife team. Made of local Stanstead granite, the sculpture juxtaposes subtle curves with an angular split in the middle of the stone.
Norman and Patterson Webster commissioned the artwork after seeing the original maquette while visiting Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito in the early 1980s, establishing a friendship that has lasted for decades. The clarity and simplicity of form reminded the Websters of their love of Sung dynasty ceramics viewed during their time in China (1969-1971). The prominent location at Glen Villa, chosen in collaboration with the sculptors, emphasizes the importance that the Websters place on the role of art in the landscape.