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Montreal Opens Canada's First Ever Free "Fountain House" On Saint-Catherine Street

Photo cred - Synden Hope-Johnston

You may have noticed a curious structure being constructed at Esplanade Clark, (corner Clark & Sainte-Catherine) recently and wondered what the hell it was. At the invitation of the Goethe-Institut, in association with the Quartier des Spectacles, has combined forces with German collective, raumlaborberlin, to create the Fountain House.

A first of its kind in Canada, the public project is simultaneously an architectural and artistic work to offer Montrealers “a place to gather, appreciate art and celebrate water” while offering a unique perspective of the surrounding urban landscape.

As part of BNLMTL2014: "L’avenir (looking forward)", an artistic endeavor presented by La Biennale de Montréal, the Fountain House is a feature of the "Future Anterior" installation.

Designed by Markus Bader, the Fountain House will feature a layer of evolving living vegetation on its façade meant to highlight the interconnectedness of nature and city, as well as showcase original light and sound installations created by local artists.

Visiting the Fountain House is free for everyone and will be doing its thing over the course of the next 8 weeks, so be sure to check it out.


August 27 – October 26: Blue Gold, sound installation, Chantal Dumas

August 27 – October 26: Flow Gate, light installation, Cécile Martin

September 13: Elementary Structures, performances, Erin Sexton & Magali Babin. @ 4 p.m. & 7 p.m

October 9 – 11: LSCDC (light, sweet, cold, dark, crude), audio-visual performances, Ælab @ 8 p.m.

October 2 – 26: Horologion, light and sound installation, Concept/Direction: Chris Salter, Lighting collaboration: Omar Faleh

Head over to the La Biennale de Montréal facebook page and official website for complete information, Or check out the Goethe Institute website or the Quartier Des Spectacles website for schedule details.

For more Montreal insights follow Synden on Twitter @Synden_

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