There were strange lights in the night sky for the last couple of months. Spots of white light could be seen dancing off the clouds which could be seen from miles away. UFOs? That’s what I thought (though not really) when I saw four beams of light shooting across the sky from my backyard.

So we investigate.

From Mount Royal Park it kind of looked like this. Not a great photograph, but that’s what happens when you take pictures from a phone. And it’s night. And you haven’t figured out the camera settings yet.

Anyway, it’s pretty obvious where they’re coming from. Let’s go closer.

spotlights montreal

There were tons of spotlights. Moving randomly and crisscrossing everywhere:
spotlights mayor street

It turns out that it’s part of a gigantic art installation called Intersection articulée. Architecture relationnelle 18. It’s by Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and it’s interactive so you can grab a lever and control one of these powerful spotlights yourself.

spotlights place des festivals

The pics don’t do the lights any justice. In person the beams are sharp and powerful and impressive in their scope. Yep. 10000 watts per beam.

So yeah, if you come to Montreal, you can see them!

Wait, what?

The exhibition ended this week!?

Ok well, there’s always the video:

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  • It made for some very pretty plane crashes.

    Pretty lights and all, I do understand that art is about creativity and pushing the envelope. I just don’t want to call lights in the sky art.
    We did the same thing with our flashlights on the ceiling when we were kids.
    And I just flicked the lights on and off in my bathroom. I can do it again if anyone wants to come and watch.
    Maybe I need to understand the why. I just won’t call it art. Call it ‘thing’. As in, ‘Did you see that thing?’.

  • I want a spotlight!

  • I must admit, I do question a lot of ‘art’. I think my questions began with a can of beans and even more weird, a stack of bricks on display at the Tate.

    I think they are taking the mick, and getting paid handsomely for it.

  • I think that looks pretty effin’ cool!

  • Well, Mike, as Debby Boone used to say “you light up my life”. Except with you I didn’t have to listen to that goddamn song.

  • Everything is just so much cooler in French.

  • Jepeto

    Man! I really thought the aliens were landing…i was all happy. Screw that artist! He ruined my day. 🙂

  • Come on, you don’t really want to be abducted a second time, do you?

  • C’est vrai!

  • Dufus, you have my word on that one.

  • It was pretty impressive up close!

  • There’s a lot of questionable art out there for sure and Warhol really did open up a whole can of worms with that can of beans. It was weird then, but it ended up spawning a whole genre. However, only some is good, and alot of it’s crap.

  • You’re too late, they’re all gone!

  • Nah, it’s art for sure. It was interactive and the patterns created by the beams were ever changing. You flicking the lights in the bathroom is not art, but what you do in there might be. I think there’s even a website for that.

  • I bet it was!

  • Can i at least have a moment in one?

  • I love that exhibit!  I wish he’d bring it to San Francisco.  That is wonderful!  Still, everything just sounds cooler in French, does it?  Say la vie.  Get it?  LOL!

  • Jepeto

    I don’t recall being abducted…but after a strange dream i lost my left nut.

  • Oh, I get it 🙂

    I actually checked his website and he’s not touring this one. But you never know!

  • Oh, I get it 🙂

    I actually checked his website and he’s not touring this one. But you never know!

  • So it was an anti-green display of energy waste?
    What the cannuck is wrong with that guy?

  • Anonymous

    Hey, your blog allowed me to comment! I’m so exicted, I forget what I was going to say. Something about Batman. Also, I thought Jepeto’s penis joke in the comments on the previous post about Chee Burger Chee Burger was pretty funny. Who doesn’t like a good penis joke? There’s nothing funnier than penises.

  • God, I was waiting for someone to jump on that.  Each spot is 10000 watts, so having this thing running for 2 months from 6-11pm every night is mighty energy intensive. But on the other hand, it’s powered by (kinda) clean hydro electric power, so it’s not all bad. Plus it gives people a reason to take the subway downtown (also electric).

  • Wait, you were having trouble commenting on WWFC? When this happens, you have to tell me right away so that I can ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Which it usually does.

    Now I’m going to have to go back to that Cheeburger post. I don’t remember any penis jokes, but then again, I hear alot of jokes.

  • You know, I’m just going to go ahead and say what we’ve all been thinking. If you aimed every light just so, do you think you could make the lights form a penis in the sky?

  • Finally! Someone said it. BonyMike came close, but you win, Ziva!


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