Giant lampshades transform the streets of Quebec City into an art gallery


34 giant lampshades decorated with works of art illuminate Cartier Avenue in Quebec City. The installation was carried out by the lighting design firm Lightemotion in collaboration with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, which has selected works by local artists Alfred Pellan and Fernand Leduc from its permanent collection and has held the artistic direction to reproduce the works on the shades.

The objective of this urban installation is to promote the local identity of Montcalm district, which is characterized by a neighbourhood with a strong community spirit. Moreover, the project is part of a general plan by the Tourist Office in Quebec aimed at stimulating winter tourism and that also considers lighting other parts of the city.

“On the one hand, the shape of the lighting fixtures gives the avenue the cosy warmth of a residential interior. On the other hand, the large artworks, backlit by LED strips and mounted on circular structures 8 feet across by 5 feet high, are an original urban medium for displaying art”.

Initially the project has been conceived as a temporary installation. However, the authors claim that its flexible nature encourages its permanent use: the works presented on the shades can be easily replaced for others, allowing the installation to be updated periodically.

Thus, the project highlights local culture and moves the art scene to the urban space, adding value and identity to the street.


(via Urdesign)