Winter lights on avenue du Mont-Royal

I read an article in today’s Montreal Gazette about the cool winter lights that have been installed along avenue du Mont-Royal and so headed up there around dusk to check them out.

The lights were the creation of Estelle Jugant and Yazid Belkhir who won a contest held in 2012 by the Société de développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal for young artists to create winter lighting to liven up the street in winter months.

Their winning design features a number of illuminated word bubbles mounted to lampposts with cartoon-like characters and icons. The cartoons and illustrations were the work of local artists Astro (cartoons) and Jean-François Poliquin (Icons) with whom Jugant and Belkhir partnered with for the project.

Between the four of them they did a great job and I think the concept fits really well with the hip and trendy style of avenue du Mont-Royal. 

My pictures unfortunately didn’t come out as well as I had hoped, but at least gives you an idea of the installations that run all the way from Boulevard Saint-Laurent to rue d’Iberville. Perhaps I will try again another night with the tripod and when there are less people and traffic arround so as to get some better angles (for which I now have a few ideas).

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 200 – 102mm – f5 – 1/80 sec

 

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 200 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/50 sec

 

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 280 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/50 sec

 

 

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 280 – 92mm – f4.5 – 1/50 sec

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 280 – 80mm – f4.5 – 1/50 sec

 

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 280 – 75mm – f4.5 – 1/60 sec

 

 

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 280 – 220mm – f5.3 – 1/50 sec

 

A nice feature of the installations are that the colours of each bubble change frequently.

 

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal

Cartoon bubble lights on ave du Mont Royal
ISO 280 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/50 sec

 

I find avenue du Mont-Royal (particularly east of the Metro) has really improved in recent years and tonights walk certainly makes me think this would be a great place to live with many bars, restaurants, cafes and food stores. Maybe this year I will make more photowalks around this area.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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