Days are shorter in the winter, YIPPEE!


That means more time for Luminothérapie in the Quartier des Spectacles!

Two new works enhanced Montrealers and visitors’ mid-winter strolls through the Quartier des Spectacles this year. Place des Festivals was transformed into a futuristic wheat field by a multidisciplinary team led by the architectural firm Kanva. Inviting the public to take a multisensory walk in the heart of Montréal, the installation Entre les rangs featured thousands of flexible stems topped with reflectors that swayed in the wind. Synchronized music sources scattered throughout the space lent the feeling of melodies in motion, like the sound of the wind rustling rows of wheat.

The winner in the second component of the Luminothérapie design competition, the collective Champagne Club Sandwich, turned seven Quartier des Spectacles facades into giant screens for a game entitled Trouve Bob, a new take on the ever-popular Where’s Waldo? Each of the facades plunged pedestrians into a different world through video projections and music—a magic forest around the Saint-Laurent Métro station, a pirate ship at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, and a futuristic landscape at the Grande Bibliothèque, to give just a few examples. Passersby were challenged to find Bob among the multifarious mix of characters and graphic compositions making up each of the tableaux.