Thursday, October 10, 2013

Roadside Attraction: The Illuminated Crowd - Montréal, PQ, Canada

Interesting Places I've Photographed
The Illuminated Crowd
Montréal, PQ, Canada
Topic: Roadside Attractions

GPS: N45° 30.187; W073° 34.391

Quick Description: 

The Illuminated Crowd (La foule Illuminée) is located at 1994 McGill College Avenue in Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Long Description:

The Illuminated Crowd was created by French-British sculptor Raymond Mason in 1985. The highly controversial sculpture is 8.6 meters long by 3.20 meters wide. It depicts 65 characters representing people of different races, ages, and physical condition all compressed into a rectangular space on four levels. The grouping represents the fragility of humankind.

An aluminum plaque near the sculpture is inscribed (in English):

The Illuminated Crowd

A crowd has gathered, facing light, an illumination
brought about by fire, an event, an ideology - or
an ideal. The strong light casts shadows, and as the
light moves towards the back and diminishes, the
mood degenerates; rowdiness, disorder, and violence
occur, showing the fragile nature of man. Illumination,
hope, involvement, hilarity, irritation, fear, illness,
violence, murder and death - the flow of man's
emotion through space.

Stratified Polyester Resin with Polychrome Paint, 314 x 860 x 320 cm

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