L’Aire Montréal

If you happen to be passing by Mont-Royal Avenue this summer, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an aerial installation called L’Aire, in the heart of Plateau-Mont-Royal.

Located 30 feet above Place Fleurs-de-Macadam, on the corner of Mont-Royal and Boyer, L’Aire’s selectively chosen name was assigned by its creators to reflect its multiple purposes.

Photo credit: Bernard Fougères

This art installation was made possible by the Société de développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal, with production by Odace Événements and EN TEMPS ET LIEU, in collaboration with Impact Production.

Floating until October 2019, the summer installation is an area where pedestrians can gather to rest, play, and take in the work’s geometric playfulness.

L’Aire features ten colourful triangular boxes breezing through the summer air, with an initiative to evoke a large kite that defies gravity.

Photo credit: Bernard Fougères

Although the aerial installation floats freely above Mont-Royal Avenue, the project presented a few challenges for its designers.

“We had to do a lot of research before achieving the desired result: we studied the movements of the sun to maximize the benefits of the installation. We had to take into account the shaded areas produced that shifted throughout the day and over the season. We were also very focused on how we were going to integrate the installation into the surrounding area. We carefully chose the colours and shapes to emulate the environment of Place Fleurs-de-Macadam,” said Stéphanie Leduc from Odace Événements.

Photo credit: Bernard Fougères

The duality of this transparent and opaque structure results in shaded areas that shift throughout the day.

Its formation is a piece that invites observers to look up and gaze at the sky through a colourful prism.

L’Aire, is an experimental project designed to provoke discussion about public spaces while serving as a reminder to enjoy the now and embrace delightful moments.

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