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The “Belvédère Éphémère” project was a terrific success, held under the steamy sunshine of the July 16-17 weekend! Brought to life by a team of young professionals in urban planning and design, the project was organized by Les amis de la montagne in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal and numerous partners as part of May, Mount Royal Month, but postponed to July due to rainy conditions in May.
(Photos: Andrew Dobrowolskyj)
This temporary worksite of creativity was located on the ramp off Avenue Cedar and Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, closed to vehicular traffic for the occasion. The ramp was chosen because of its proximity to a residential neighbourhood and a southwest entrance to Mount Royal Park, near an unwelcoming intersection that joins two great institutional properties undergoing transformation: the former Marianopolis College slated for conversion to a residential property and the Montreal General Hospital slated for expansion.
Ten teams of up-and-coming designers and artists created works of public art related to a lookout theme that aimed to reinterpret the language commonly associated with urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture. Moreover, a screening was held of the original video “Dans la forêt” that was accompanied by a live, improvised musical and vocal performance. The video presented some urban legends related to Mount Royal and the enchanted creatures that inhabit the site, unbeknown to us! The “happening” managed to seduce park users, passers-by and residents of the neighbourhood, who piqued with curiosity, ventured onto the site to view the installations.
The organizers of the event wanted to create an ephemeral space that was both edifying and festive to question the accessibility of the mountain by modifying, for the duration of a weekend, the use and perception of this vehicular infrastructure. The reinterpretation of this space confirmed its great potential for becoming a permanent lookout. “Belvédère Éphémère” succeeded in inspiring us to take a new look at this public space through an artistic vision.
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ABOUT “BELVÉDÈRE ÉPHÉMÈRE”
Olivier Lapierre with Caroline Magar and Sophie Lacoste
DESIGNERS + INSTALLATIONS
LES NEUF VUES DU MONT ROYAL
Batiste Galea, Fleur Jouas, Catherine Tremblay, Tania Koller, Laure Delmoly
Marie-Josée Gagnon, Catherine St-Marseille, Maïda Beylerian, François Leblanc, Mathieu Robitaille
MR < MRPV
Bruno Dallas, Serge Gallant, Sarah Lacombe, Daniel La France, Chieu-Anh Le Van
OUVRIR ET FERMER LE PAYSAGE
Stéphanie Rocher, Fanny B. Perras, Lisanne Blain Sabourin, Simon Éthier, Kalliane Muntz-Boulet, Valériane Noël
Laurence Leroux-Lapierre, Philippe Cossette, Ariane Côté-Bélisle, Valentin Hay, Benoît St-Onge, Martin Tanguay
LE RENARD DE CEDAR
Hannah Palmer, Aude Guivarc’h, Marc Messier, Christophe Guertin, Chris Murray, Nicolas Koronkievwicz, Laurence Cauchy
Sandra Laberge, Louis-Antoine Blanchette, Catherine Brouillette, Alex Dimas, Claudine Matte
Maude Brochu, Yasmine Amor, Laurence Fauteux, Sara Fauteux, Margaux Tabary
Maxime David, Jérémie Battaglia, Raphaëlle Huysmans, Jonathan Lapalme, Anne-Marie Saucier
D’ABORD IL Y EUT LA NATURE PUIS VINT LA VILLE
Marie-Josée Dupuis, Maud Marrié, Olivier Legault, Eve St-Laurent, Raphael Thibodeau
VIDEO PROJECTION: “DANS LA FORÊT”
Numerous artists from a variety of disciplines under the artistic direction of Khoa Lê and Julie Côté.