Thousands of people gathered at Quartier des Spectacles this afternoon for the annual Earth Day Walk for the Earth event. Although I didn’t attend the walk itself I did pass by prior to the start and grabbed a few shots.
According to reports, there were in the region of 30,000 – 50,000 in attendance today, somewhat less than the 200,000 that participated last year – but that was exceptional due to a large proportion of demonstrators being student’s campaigning against the tuition fee hikes.
For the last few weeks there has been a polar bear skeleton sculpture on display at the Quartier des Spectacles. Initially the bear sculpture was covered in ice and carved to represent a polar bear. Over time the ice melted exposing the skeleton – a great concept to get the attention of the risk facing the polar bear today.
Leaving the Quartier des Spectacles, I took a short walk up rue Sainte-Catherine…
Behind Christ Church Cathedral there’s a small square and it was nice to see that the fountain has been filled – a sign that summer is around the corner 🙂
In the square is a bust of Raoul Wallenberg – the Swedish architect, businessman and diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust in Hungary during WWII.
Another sign that (hopefully) winter is now behind us is that the Bixi public bike system is back up and running across Montreal.
The musical swings (21 Balançoires) have returned to the Promenade des Artistes for a 3rd edition on avenue du Président Kennedy. The interactive art installation is running until June 2.
Working with animal behaviourist Luc-Alain Giraldeau, the artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat designed the installation whereby each swing triggers a musical note, and together they create a melody. The music score was provided by Radwan Ghazi-Moumneh.
On the evenings of Thursday through Sunday, the 21 swings are accompanied by an interactive video projection inspired by legendary pinball machines, 21 Obstacles, on the façade of UQAM’s pavillon Président-Kennedy.
A few more shots from along rue Jeanne-Mance and Milton…
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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.