Les Diamants : new gems in the public place

2 minutes

Malik Cocherel

  • © Les Diamants
Les Diamants” are destined to shine throughout the city and beyond. Francis Laporte and Alexis Laurence, the two designers behind this travelling installation, tell us a little about the project.

Meet the public

Before ordering an interactive multimedia installation destined to move about the public place, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership launched a call for proposals last fall, in collaboration with the Société de développement de l’Avenue du Mont-Royal, Montréal centre-ville, the Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, and Culture Trois-Rivières. Francis Laporte and Alexis Laurence seized this opportunity to come up with their “Les Diamants” crea­tion.

This new piece of art is slated to wow the public:

  • Montréal centre-ville
    From November 18th, 2021 to January 9th, 2022 : on the front court of Church St-James united, Montréal
  • Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles
    From April 7h to May 15th, 2022 : Quartier des spectacles, Montréal
  • Société de développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal
    From June 29th to Auguste 14th, 2022 : On Mont-Royal Avenue, Montréal
  • Arrondissement de Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles
    From Auguste 16th to October 2nd, 2022 : Parc André-Corbeil-dit-Tranchemontagne, Montréal
  • Culture Trois-Rivières
    From October 4th to November 20th, 2022 : à l’extérieur de l’Espace Pauline-Julien (Parc des Chenaux), Trois-Rivières

FRANCIS LAPORTE Concepteur visuel
Francis Laporte
ALEXIS LAURENCE Concepteur visuel
Alexis Laurence

An adaptable process

“When the pandemic hit and concert halls shut down and major events were cancelled, we thought about working on concepts that could be deployed in the public place in complete safety,” explains visual designer Francis Laporte, who collaborated with Cirque du Soleil and worked on several Quartier des Spectales projects, including the homage to Norman McLaren in 2014. “We work in an industry that inevitably leads us to collaborate on concert tours, so it was only natural to come up with a project that can literally travel to various regions,” adds Alexis Laurence, founder of the Montreal multimedia company Lex Studio.

An interactive installation

 Featuring lights and music, “Les Diamants” rest atop three different coloured structures designed to brighten and enliven the public place. “The goal is to create moments of joy, to allow children and parents to be delighted by something so festive and fun,” explains Francis Laporte, who worked with Quebec instrumentalist and DJ Stefie Shock to compose the installation’s melodies.

After working on Splinter, the interactive lights and music installation in Place des Festivals, Jack World, a workshop based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, lent their expertise to the “Les Diamants” project, as did Softbox Intégration, a company specialized in developing customized LED lighting products.

“Our installation is going to travel to the United States, Europe, and beyond,” says Francis Laporte. In the end, we’d say the installation is gearing up for a long and beautiful journey, one that goes way beyond borders.

Conception and realisation : Alexis Laurence et Francis Laporte, Perséides studio.
Fabrication and mecanic design : Jack World inc.
Musical composition : Stefie Shock
Sound system : Jean-Michel Caron
Expertise and interactive technological programming : Studio La Fougue
LED specialist and integration : Softbox Intégration
Mechanical and electrical design consultant: Pierre Masse
Production Advisor : Amélie Richard

 

A coproduction by Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, de la Société de Développement de l’Avenue du Mont-Royal, de Montréal centre-ville, de Culture Trois-Rivières et de l’arrondissement Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles.