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13 Mar 2020

Élément lights up Montréal with new art installation

Words by  Photo by Jean-François Lamoureux

A new art installation illuminates the streets of Montréal

Until the end of April 2020, Montréal's Place des fleurs-de-Macadam on the corner of Mont-Royal Avenue and Boyer Street, will be illuminated with street art.

The installation, titled élément, was designed by Stéphanie Leduc and Manuel Baumann. Inspired by the incandescence of a light bulb filament, the design is intended to evoke the connection that flows from one person to another.

“Even though designing and installing élément came with a few challenges, we wanted to create a simple, universally understood artwork that evokes the warm light of an incandescent light bulb,” said Stéphanie Leduc.

“In the spirit of conserving energy, it was important that the installation consume about the same amount of power as the lighting that is usually set up to illuminate this small space at night,” she added.

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55065 main 3969 2 55065 sc v2comélément aims to connect Montréal's residents. Photograph: Jean-François Lamoureux

Suspended in the air, the installation fuses art, light, and technology to connect the city's residents. Human connection is at the heart of the artwork and all artistic projects featured on Mont-Royal Avenue. With its delicate, linear lines and amber, glowing light, élément transports warmth and the illusion of heat to the snowy streets of Montréal.

"Every one of us is a marvellous living machine, brimming with energy that we harness to create, dream, share, and receive. In the end, we are but a sum of electrons connected by an invisible guiding thread that is integral to our very essence: the human connection", says the duo in a statement. "The art installation is suspended in the air, symbolising the profound belief that human connection is vital to us in the same way air, water, earth, and fire is."

élément will run until the end of April 2020 at Place des fleurs-de-Macadam, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

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