Some people may find public art a waste of money, space, resources, etc. I, on the other hand, find public art to be a necessity of expression. It gives us as individuals a sense of place and dimension, a gauge of who we are or who we aren't. Sometimes flights of fancy and other times visions of the future. The latter is the case with this particular piece – Explorateur II – by Hungarian born/Canadian bred sculptor Victor Tolgesy. It is a smaller version of the piece that was commissioned for the 1967 World Expo in Montréal and was designed at a time in history when mankind was envisioning the wonders of the solar system, a human place among the stars. Here on a small inlet on Brewery Creek, the setting itself is an interesting dichotomy of the past and the future, as in the background you will find one of Gatineau's oldest homes.