Montreal just became an even cooler place to visit. Until February 1, 2015, locals and visitors can view and be a part of two new installations, Prismatica by RAW Design and Fascinoscope by Lüz Studio, selected by the juries of the fifth annual Luminothérapie competition. Luminothérapie invites creators to present light-based works in the public spaces of the Quartier des Spectacles and help make the spaces a major attraction in the heart of Montreal.
The public can interact with the works by making Prismatica’s giant prisms rotate on Place des Festivals, and by playing Fascinoscope’s four carnival games outside Saint-Laurent metro station. This immersive installation, comprised of 50 pivoting prisms more than two metres tall, transforms the Place des Festivals into a giant kaleidoscope.
This short video (in French) takes you through the vivid prisms and the games:
The prisms are made of panels laminated with a dichronic film that transmits and reflects every colour in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing projectors. As visitors wander among and manipulate the prisms, they will enjoy an infinite interplay of lights and colourful reflections. As the prisms rotate, a variable-intensity soundtrack comprised of bell sounds will play.
With Fascinoscope, the eight permanent video projection sites in the Quartier des Spectacles evoke the atmosphere of an early 20th-century carnival. Each projection is accompanied by an original soundtrack of organ, bass and drum music.
Fascinoscope by Lüz Studio - UQAM Bell Tower
Photos by Cindy Boyce