The work would create a three-dimensional focal point for the space and encourage visitors to contemplate it from different vantage points. Viewers would notice how the work plays on distances and volumes, accentuated at night by lighting effects that spark their imagination. The lighting would showcase the work and be an integral part of it.
The work, which will be presented for the first time from May to October 2017, will float over the space’s temporary configuration, Les Jardins Gamelin, for several seasons.
The competition is part of an extensive program of recent actions designed to transform Place Émilie-Gamelin into an iconic, unifying public space suitable for hosting events of a variety of scales. The winning concept will highlight and illuminate the place with a monumental work that will serve as a major landmark for the eastern end of the Quartier des Spectacles and a signature piece for Montreal.
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership invites creators from all backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects, and multimedia or stage designers, to submit applications.
The competition has a two-phase selection process: first, applications will be reviewed, and in the second phase the four finalists chosen through the initial review will give a remunerated presentation to the jury. Each proposal will be assessed on criteria detailed in the competition Rules. The winner will have the mandate to design and produce their public artwork. The production budget is $250,000. Montreal time. This is a free, Canada-wide competition open to artists and teams with at least one designer having their primary residence or headquarters in Canada.
The Jury has ten (10) members. It includes leading figures in several artistic disciplines, all with expertise in creative works for public spaces.
- Jean-François Bélisle, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Joliette Art Museum
Geneviève Cadieux, Artist, Photographer
Anaïs Castro, Independent Curator and Assistant to the Executive Directors, galerie Art Mûr
Mikaël Charpin, Project Manager, L’Observatoire international, New York
Pascale Daigle, Director of Programming, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Louise Déry, Director, Galerie de l’UQAM
Pierre Fortin, Executive Director, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Pierre Lapointe, Director of Operations and Production, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Gabriel Pontbriand, Creative Director, Moment Factory
Stéphane Ricci, Urban planner, Assistant to the Director and coordinator of the Quartier des Spectacles, Ville de Montréal