Lighting in Design Q1 2023

welcoming as it is magical. The creative thinking, incessant calculations, and great ingenuity of the teams involved made this aerial structure with an immersive visual and sound experience possible. With this project, the experience of the traditional skate trail has literally been taken to the next level. Completely reimagined and exhilarating, this multimedia installation illuminates the city centre in the middle of winter, enabling citizens to reclaim public space. It also forms part of the social mission of Montréal en Lumière , which endeavours to ensure that the site is accessible to as many people as possible through hundreds of free activities, including skate rentals offered on site.

the Skating Loop to life, including 265 LED tube lights, presented its share of challenges. The team wanted the installation, which would occupy the entire Place des Festivals , to have a positive visual impact, not only for skaters on the ice, but also for people admiring it from outside the rink. The design of this impressive aerial structure also had to support the weight of bystanders, as well as 10 cm of ice. Additionally, the ice would require frequent resurfacing, given that the Skating Loop attracted an impressive number of skaters in 2022: between 250 and 300 people per hour took advantage of this unique winter experience. But the technical challenges were met by the Montréal en Lumière team and its supplier, Échafauds Plus, all in the name of making Place des Festivals a winter gathering place that would be as


LiD Q1 - 2023

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