Éclats de Verre by ATOMIC3
by Harry / April 9, 2012
From ATOMIC3, a colorful light installation that took place in the heart of Montreal, Canada this winter.




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The Éclats de Verre installation was one of three winning entries in Montreal's 2011 Créer l'hiver ("create winter") competition, the aim of which was to produce distinctive experiences throughout the coming winter in the Quartier des Spectacles section of Montreal.

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The competition attracted 38 proposals by 27 creators and three finalists were selected for each of three sites. The Éclats de verre installation, by Atomic3 - Félix Dagenais, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun, Éric Gautron, and produced by Michel Granger - graced Place Émilie-Gamelin in the Quartier des Spectacles.

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"In the heart of Montreal, winter city, festive city, city of a hundred steeples: Éclats de verre. A giant stained glass window, deconstructed and reconfigured into a labyrinth glimmering in the snowy mineral space of Place Émilie-Gamelin."

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"An island of warmth, an oasis of colours inviting passers-by to come in and out of the wind. This field of stunning colours, visible from the street, beckons pedestrians to wander through a maze of multi-coloured glass panels and become part of an ever-changing tableau of moving shadows, constantly re-created as the sun crosses the sky."

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"After dusk, floodlights in the centre of the labyrinth illuminate the space dynamically, modulating the interplay of multi-coloured reflections, while a giant projection - with which visitors can interact - illuminates the two buildings bordering the square."

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Photos: Jean-Sébastien Côté, Martine Doyon, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun

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