Photographer's Note

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.

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Additional Photos by Benoit Liard (bliard) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 23 N: 87] (1120)
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