Throughout the summer on the famous avenue du Mont-Royal, transformed for the season into a 2,5-kilometre linear pedestrian park and a cooling trail, walkers will be intrigued by a vaporous cloud in suspension that lets in a soft light, drawing on the ground shaded areas that move slowly with the path of the sun. The artwork titled Partly Cloudy with High Probabilities of “Wow”! thus floats at a height of thirty feet (nine meters) above the Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam.
A hybrid concept that combines nature and urbanity, the organic and the technological, meteorological science and popular beliefs, the work highlights the presence of water and two of its states, liquid and gas, and blends perfectly into the multifunctional space. flooding (“water square”) of the new Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam where it takes place. It's as if she was trying to celebrate the rain and make it visible in the public space.
In the evening, the installation offers a warm and unique experience. The work is connected in real time to its environment, and its nocturnal lighting evolves according to the real weather forecast over twelve hours: heat wave, storm, rain, bright sun, etc. It then lights up in a palette of iridescent colors, specific to each of the forecast weather scenarios, offering an unparalleled atmospheric poetry to the walker looking at it. For this work, the creators were nourished by both true facts and popular beliefs, especially those held by farmers and other people connected to the earth who sought to know the weather by observing the sky at sunset. of sun and the color of the clouds.
The installation was produced by the En Temps et Lieu workshop, winner of a design competition launched in November 2021 by the Société de développement de l'avenue du Mont-Royal, in collaboration with Odace Events and the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal.
The works will remain in place until the end of October 2022, and will be reinstalled every summer for three years.
Visuals ©: Latrompette Studio