Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lampshades for streetlights in Quebec City: an architectural lighting installation by Lightemotion

Lightemotion is an architectural lighting firm based in Montreal.  One of the three Illumination Awards they received this year in the program sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America is for an installation of night-lighted lampshades for streetlights on Cartier Avenue in Quebec City.

Commissioned by the city and the Quebec Tourist Information Bureau, as conceptualized and suggested by Lightemotion, the lighting project is now an element of the city's plan to brand itself as the winter capital of North America, and was piloted on Cartier Avenue in association with the Montcalm commercial district revitalization program.

Working with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, they featured work in the style of Québcois artists Alfred Pellan and Fernand Leduc on 34 different "lamp shades" fashioned after Chinese lanterns.

The artworks can be changed out annually and can feature different artists.  The intent is to expand this program to other streets in Quebec City.

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