Launch of the Kickstarter campaign to erect the statue of the late Voivode guitarist in Saguenay, QC
The eight-foot aluminum monument is created by artist Fred Laforge
Posted May 30, 2022
With 40 years and over a dozen albums to their name, it’s safe to say that lifelong Canadian prog metal Voivod have established themselves as legends. Today, their legacy must be immortalized in aluminum: a Kickstarter Campaign was launched to erect a statue of the late guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour in the band’s hometown of Saguenay, QC.
Created by project manager Hugo Lachance, the campaign is trying to raise CAD$100,000 — which doesn’t even cover the monument’s total budget of $131,773, considering costs such as creation, taxation, and execution — by July 13.
Artist Fred Laforge is the mastermind behind the eight-foot aluminum monument to D’Amour, which will be established in the city’s Jonquière borough. As you can see from the mock-up previews of the sculpture, one of the design features is the inclusion of many layers in the aluminum – and donors who donate $200 or more will each have their name on one of these strata.
“[D’Amour’s] the posture represents a kind of inner well-being that emanates from his music and that’s exactly what I see,” bandleader Denis “Snake” Bélanger said of the statue in the promotional video on the page. Kickstarter.
D’Amour died on August 26, 2005, of complications from advanced colon cancer. The funeral included a symbolic burning of the guitar, after which the remains of the instrument were placed in the Sable River.
In addition to its bandmates, the Piggy Monument project has ambassadors in Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Michael Amott of Arch Enemy, Luc Lemay of Gorguts, Mille Petrozza of Kreator, Matt McGachy from Cryptopsy, Grutle Kjellson from Enslaved, Vincent Peake from Groovy Aardvark, Fenriz from Darkthrone, Mirai Kawashima from Sigh and more.
See the band’s Instagram post announcing the campaign, which you can promise herebelow.
Voivod hits the North American road next month in support of their new album Synchro Anarchy.