Client: ILLUMINART - Montréal en Lumière
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $30,000
Public Art Agent
ILLUMINART (Montreal en Lumiere)
Composed of a series of modules allowing various configurations, and equipped with several light animation sequences, Cycle delights with its variations in intensity and colour. Diffusing brightness from its core, it evokes the halo effect of an eclipse.
In a maestria of light and sound, Cycle comes to life at the rhythm of bystanders’ interactions. By moving to the beat of the ambient music, the young and the young at heart transmit their energy to Cycle, transforming it into a larger-than-life musical sequencer.
ILLUMINART, taking place in MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, is a circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Aimed at an inquisitive audience eager to discover and explore, ILLUMINART assembles projects by artists, designers/creators, engineers, architects, and videographers from home and abroad. The illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration & shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive & entertaining. This call for creative proposals focused on illuminated installations aims to : offer designer-creators and artists an inspiring showcase platform; support and stimulate creativity and the dissemination of artistic installations combining illumination and technology, and the illumination of sites, objects, buildings & structures, as well as illuminated staging in public spaces in winter; allow ILLUMINART to consolidate its “project bank”. Among selection targets and criteria, the submitted proposals had to; include illuminated elements, be welcoming and “warm up” downtown Montréal, be aesthetic, innovative and surprising, be inclusive for the public, and potentially immersive. From that starting point, the artist was given carte blanche to create his installation.
Cycle is a creation of Serge Maheu, a cross-disciplinary Montreal-based artist interested in creating innovative art based on a certain digital poetry, while pursuing the relation of mankind with the digital world. It has been created in 2019 for the massive ILLUMINART project, an annual international crossroads for illuminated, interactive and immersive avant- garde creativity, that take place every winter in the frame of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Festival. From summer 2019, with the help of Creos, a world leading agency for public interactive installations in urban spaces, Cycle has been presented in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and will start touring the world in 2020.
An urban star, shining bright. Inspired by the revolutions of the sun and the moon, Cycle is an interactive installation that illuminates your open space.