élément Art Installation Suspends Above Mont-Royal Avenue

An art installation inspired by the incandescence of a light bulb filament and the current that flows from one person to another suspends above the corner of Montréal’s Mont-Royal Avenue and Boyer Street.

Photo credit: Jean-François Lamoureux

Designed by Stéphanie Leduc and Manuel Baumann, élément’s fusion of art and technology radiates Place des fleurs-de-Macadam with warm organic light until the end of April 2020.

Élément is a delicate and vibrant art piece that symbolizes the profound belief that the human connection is vital to us in the same way air, water, earth, and fire is.

Photo credit: Jean-François Lamoureux
Photo credit: Jean-François Lamoureux

“Every one of us is a marvellous living machine, brimming with energy that we harness to create, dream, share, and receive. In the end, we are but a sum of electrons connected by an invisible guiding thread that is integral to our very essence: the human connection,” said Leduc and Baumann.

The installation produces an illusion of heat in a red and amber glow, and connects every event and artistic project featured on Mont-Royal Avenue.

“Even though designing and installing élément came with a few challenges, we wanted to create a simple, universally understood artwork that evokes the warm light of an incandescent light bulb,” said Leduc. “In the spirit of conserving energy, it was important that the installation consume about the same amount of power as the lighting that is usually set up to illuminate this small space at night.”

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