Creative Placemaking - Production Management
Earlier this year, the City of Montreal’s Bureau du design launched a request for proposals for the “Rethinking Public Space” qualification, with the ultimate goal of designing and building “winter stations” in 17 Montreal boroughs.
The challenge was to produce installations capable of withstanding the Montreal winter, which would be well adapted to the pandemic context, and that would improve the experience for residents.
The result: winter stations built on squares, parks, parking lots or vacant spaces, transforming them into warm urban halts. A total of 25 winter stations are being deployed throughout the city starting in December 2020 and will be in place until the end of April 2021.
MASSIVart collaborated with Aedifica, Körnelius and the Groupe Information Travail‘s woodworking workshop to design the “Jardin des espoirs” winter station on the Place du Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles. Illuminated and decorated with multiform structures reminiscent of the colours of cargo ship containers sailing the Saint-Laurent River, this poetic installation is sure to brighten up the daily lives of locals.
The winter station also aims to promote local commerce. To this end, passers-by are invited to get ribbons from nearby stores so that they can be attached to the installations. The experience becomes a participative one!
Two very important objectives to be reached in this pandemic context are then fulfilled thanks to this public art project: to bring joy back to people and to encourage the local economy.
Renders: Aedifica / Photos: Mathieu Rivard
Valérie Plante, Mayor of the City of Montreal