Peter Gnass

Peter Gnass Born: 1936, Rostock, Germany

After studying at the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg, Peter Gnass immigrated to Canada in 1957, with only a few dollars and scarcely any French. Nevertheless, he completed his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, and was later hired as a set designer at CBC alongside Nicolas Sollogoub and Frédéric Back. He participated in Expo 67, where he attracted the attention of Jean Dumontier, who would later become the director of architecture for the BTM, and who introduced him to the architects of LaSalle metro. Gnass has long worked with metal sculpture and landscape integration, but is now concentrating on neon.


Works in the metro:
Mural sculpture LaSalle
Other works:
• In Montreal:
Jeux d'enfants Square Viger
TOPOLOG Maison Radio-Canada
Painted curtain Cabaret du Casino, Casino de Montréal
• Elsewhere in Quebec:
Sculpture Centre d'accueil Laurent-Bergevin, L'Île-Perrot (Montérégie)

External Links:

  • Info STM: Les artistes du métro de Montréal — Peter Gnass (Métro, 2 December 2003, p. 13; .pdf format, in French)
  • Coupez ! (Voir, 11 November 2004; in French)