The year’s shortest days are almost here, and that means, happily, the return of Luminothérapie to Quartier des Spectacles. On December 10, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership unveiled the two participatory works comprising the fourth annual edition of the event that celebrates Quebec’s northern climate. Every day until February 2, starting at nightfall, the luminous installation Entre les rangs will turn Place des Festivals into a wonderland.
When we see this work, evocative of a rural wheat field swaying in the breeze, we get a little taste of the distant summer even as winter dawns. Fluttering atop 28,500 flexible stems that bend in the winter wind, white reflectors scatter light from the projectors in Place des Festivals. Right in the heart of the city, these stylised stalks of wheat dance and shimmer to a musical score by Patrick Watson, inviting passers-by to enjoy a dreamy stroll among them.
Inspired by the shape and layout of the rangs, the system of land division used in New France, the designers of the Kanva architecture firm, working in collaboration with Udo Design, Côté Jardin, Patrick Watson, Boris Dempsey and Pierre Fournier, created a large-scale metaphor that beautifully evokes the shimmering of vast fields of wheat in the wintery city.
Entre Les Rangs | Montreal Canada | Kanva architecture firm
Images Credit | Cindy Boyce & Cindy Boyce