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By : EN TEMPS ET LIEU
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Art & Photography : Grand Winner
Categories : Art Projects / Urban Art : Platinum Winner
Categories : Art Projects / Artwork - Public Space : Gold Certification
The Partially Cloudy with a strong chance of »Wow »! installation is the winning artwork of the 2021 design competition for a suspended artwork over the Fleurs-de-Macadam plaza, launched by Société de développement de l’Avenue du Mont-Royal in collaboration with the support of the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal.
The Fleurs de Macadam square is a new public square and rain garden (NIPPAYSAGE) demonstrating the »in situ» management and treatment of rainwater and runoff in the area, to become one of the first Water squares in the metropolis.
Installed in the spring of 2022, the work reflects and enhances through its purpose, form and materiality, the quality of the Fleurs-de-Macadam square’s development for a more resilient city committed to ecological transition and water management. The contemplative and interactive installation lets a soft light filter through, drawing shaded areas on the ground while waiting for the deployment of a natural canopy.
A hybrid concept combining nature and urbanity, the organic and the technological, science and popular beliefs, the work is sensitive and connected in real time to its environment. The lighting, perceptible at dusk, evolves according to the actual weather forecast over a twelve-hour period: heat wave, storm, rain, bright sunshine, etc. It then lights up in a palette of iridescent colors, specific to each of the forecasted weather scenarios, offering an unparalleled atmospheric poetry to the walker who watches it. For this work, the creators were inspired by both true facts and popular beliefs, including those held by farmers and other people connected to the land who sought to know what the weather would be like, by observing the sky at sunset and the color of the clouds.
Near the work, a display panel with a legend allows passersby to interpret the weather using a color chart associated with different weather forecasts.