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Art in the limelight

Art in the limelight walk

The “Art in the limelight” public art project is a walk that highlights the works of one or more Québec artists on Cartier Street, in Québec City. It uses light, more specifically oversized lampshades on either side of this commercial street off Québec City’s art district. Some 17 immense structures each house two shades, 2.4 metres in diameter, which display works of art printed on semi-clear vinyl. With their LED lights, they offer a magical nightscape year-round.

Looking up at the 34 works above their heads, passersby will be able to discover, from now until September 2018, the body of work of multidisciplinary artist Pierre Ayot. After the works of Fernand Leduc, Alfred Pellan, Rita Letendre and Jacques Hurtubise, those of the late artist who made his mark in New York and London as well as in Québec now come to life in an unexpected iteration. A new twist for this third edition: five interactive lampshades offer musical pieces selected by the Québec City Symphony Orchestra, to enhance the experience.

In addition to spreading the art of Québec outside of museums and other traditional venues, this lighting concept comes in support of the artistic vocation and offers a signature unique to this area of Québec City, with its restaurants, bars, cafés, trendy boutiques, art galleries and fine food stores.

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