June 26 2014

Artistic Surprises in the Creation District, Quebec City, Canada

Six temporary works of public art will play hide and seek this summer with the visitors to the Old Port, Place Royale and Petit-Champlain districts, which are now identified under the Creation District banner. Among others, we will discover the works of Jose Luis Torres, Laurent Gagnon, and the Cooke-Sasseville duo.

Collectives of young Quebec architects are preparing works for the project Bizarre Passageways (Passages Insolites), pioneered by EXMURO, which revealed the locations where the playful creations will be installed yesterday. “Our play field is the city. I want to create a surprise. I want people to discover a new way of experiencing their city,” explained Vincent Roy, the artistic director for EXMURO.

Financed by the City of Quebec with a sum of $250,000, the project will consist of six stops spread out from Rue Saint-Paul all the way to the Parc du Petit-Champlain. “There will be a record number of cruise visitors this year in Quebec,” emphasized Julie Lemieux, vice-president of the executive committee for the City of Quebec. “They can go into the Creation District and come out with magnificent photographs.”

The installations, which were unveiled on July 18th, appear playful and colorful. Nearby 165 Rue Saint-Paul, Laurent Gagnon will make the facade of a multi-story parking structure billow out through his piece Great Wind (Grand Vent); we will see “impressive tentacular structures.”

At the intersection of Saint-Paul and Sault-au-Matelot streets, the ad hoc collective ARG, formed by three architecture graduates from Laval University, will convert, under the title Delirious Fries (Delirious Frites), “a small alleyway and a playful and sensory passageway,” said Vincent Roy.

A little bit further away, always on Sault-au-Matelot street, Jose Luis Torres will install Stock in Transit (Stock en transit). The artist is inspired by the idea of a field for “approaching domestic objects as leisurely, with summer colors, but always while reflecting on consumption. I want to play with the contrast between the ephemerality of my installation and the historic aspect of the neighborhood,” he added.

Québec Place Royale, Quebec City, Canada

As for the passageway between Place Royale and Place de Paris, the Plux 5 and La Fourchette collectives, which are also made up of young architecture graduates from Laval University, will take it by surprise. They have come up with a work entitled Outdoor Pool (Piscine hors terre), which will “offer a refreshing pause while simulating an aquatic presence,” revealed Vincent Roy.

In the Riviera Pier district, recently ruined by the Louis-Jolliet, there are the architects of the 1x1x1 Creation Lab who will make Grow a Stump (Pousse une souche), “an interactive piece at the human scale where it is possible to leave your imprint.”

Petit Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Finally, in the Parc du Petit-Champlain, all the way at the end of the street with the same name, the visual art duo Cooke-Sasseville will propose the Oddyssey. “The installation will stage oversize birds oogling a symbol of Pop Art,” illustrated Vincent Roy.

The works will be open to the public from July 18th to October 18th. It is easy to cover the course on foot.

Works to discover:

  • “Great Wind:” Grand vent (Laurent Gagnon), 165, rue Saint-Paul
  • “Delirious Fries:” Delirious Frites (ad hoc collective ARG), 72, rue Saint-Paul
  • “Stock in Transit:” Stock en transit (Jose Luis Torres), rue du Sault-au-Matelot
  • “Outdoor Pool:” Piscine hors terre (Plux 5 et La Fourchette collectives), passageway between Place Royale and Place de Paris
  • “Grow a Stump:” Pousse une souche (1x1x1 Laboratoire de creation), quai Riviera, 30, rue Dalhousie
  • “The Oddyssey:” L’odyssee (Cooke-Sasseville), 93, rue du Petit-Champlain

How should cities choose what districts to highlight through public interactive installation pieces? Is public art part of your city’s landscape? What is your favorite piece?

Original article, published in French, can be found here.

Credit: Images and data linked to sources.

Bora Mici

Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as topics related to the environment and human rights; editing and translating news articles from around the world. She has also participated in design projects of various scopes, including modular housing, design guidelines, and campus and community planning. Her interests include sustainable projects in the public interest.

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