560 KM

560 KM

Information on the activity

May 5, 2016 to May 29, 2016

Until May 29, a new installation will bring a spectacular transformation to the pedestrian zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. 560 KM is a work consisting of one thousand logs scattered between De Bleury and Clark streets in a metaphorical representation of river driving, the 19th century method of moving timber down Quebec’s rivers.

Conceived and produced by KANVA and presented by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, the art installation is an original way to enhance Sainte-Catherine St. before festival season.

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Wood origin

560 KM owes its name to the length of the St. Maurice River, the last Quebec river used for floating log booms before the practice ended in 1996. All wood used for the installation (12- to 16-foot logs, each about 1 foot in diameter) comes from the West Brome sawmill. It has FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) environmental certification, indicating that the wood comes from responsibly managed forests.

After the work is disassembled, all logs will be returned to the sawmill for processing into useful products.


A surge of logs in the heart of the city
A contact with nature
A history to revisit A memory to rediscover
A spring awakening of the senses
An invitation to swim upstream and visit the origin of the river

In addition:
Présented by the NFB, the movies La drave and La valse du maitre draveur will be projected on the Place des Arts marquise.

Idea and design: KANVA
Log supplier: Scierie West Brome
Transportation: Say Archambault
A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership