QUEBEC’S GOLDEN DOG, ARTISANS DU PASSAGE
3D scanning of Québec’s golden dog was recently carried out by Artisans du passage, with whom we collaborate for surveys of objects or high precision scans (ex : Inuit Statue). The result of this survey is a hyper detailed 3D model that allows a real time manipulation (click the image below). Take a look at this exceptional piece on sketchfab’s website.
Since 1688, the bas-relief of the golden dog has always remained in the same place. Everytime the building was renovated, special care was taken to keep it visible to the passer-by. The legend of the golden dog is related to a murder that happened in Québec city in January 1748 and a dog sculpture appended on top of the Louis-S.-Saint-Laurent’s principal entry, on the corner of De Buade and Cote de la montage streets. The plate is a bas-relief dating from 1736 that represents a golden dog gnawing a bone held between its legs.
We can read the following writting :
« Je suis un chien qui ronge l’o.
En le rongeant je prend mon repos.
Un tems viendra qui nest pas venu
Que je morderay qui m’aura mordu. »
The plate is now classified in the Repertory of Québec Cultural Heritage. It is also part of the guided tourist tours of the Old-Quebec since 1829.