Place Jean-Paul Riopelle
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View looking northwest, showing the park with the entry to the Metro at left and east elevation of CDP Capital Center beyond; Located between the new entrance of the Palais des congrès and that of the CDP Capital Centre, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle is a new public square constructed on a former parking lot and a covered section of the Ville-Marie Expressway. The square is an ideal setting for the sculpture-fountain by Riopelle called La Joute (The Joust). In keeping with the artist's vision, the central sculpture, a prodigious and important work, is set in a fountain encircled by a ring of fire. The square also features 88 trees in an urban forest representing 11 species from Maple to Hickory (indigenous to the Montréal region). These mature trees are randomly positioned just like computer circuits. Mist blowers and lights underground are activated, as "La Joute" becomes a kinetic sculpture at nightfall. The square has become a popular spot for luncheon breaks and a point of interest for visitors who come to see the sculpture's 30-minute series of effects. The dramatic effect of water, mist and lighting brings Riopelle's vision to life. Source: http://www.qimtl.qc.ca/EVENTS_jpriopelle.php "The statue [fountain] was formerly located in the Parc Olympique, in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal. Its relocation to the Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle during the redevelopment of the Quartier international de Montréal in 2003 provoked controversy." Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page (accessed 2/12/2008)
Type of Worksquare (open space); garden; mixed-use development; fountain
architectural exteriors, cityscapes, Fountains, parks (recreation areas), Modernist
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