Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, Montreal
A Redesigned Grand Entrance to a Great City
Following the demolition of the old elevated Bonaventure Highway, a modern urban boulevard has risen from the ashes. It stands out for its esthetics and top quality layout. Previously, two neighbourhoods were isolated from each other. Now, pedestrians can enjoy a safe environment embellished with public spaces.
The public spaces include playgrounds, ping pong tables, lawn chairs, picnic tables, training areas and plenty of plant life, including more than 300 trees.
The full layout is not only exceptionally pleasing, functional and prestigious, it will be further graced by two monumental works of art.
Jaume Plensa’s “Source”
When creating Source for Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Jaume Plensa wanted to demonstrate the importance of water as the city was being erected through commerce, immigration and communications. The work also represents the energy and vitality that lay at the roots of a metropolis: its inhabitants, their diverse origins, the fluidity and creativity of ideas, the cycles of motion and renewal. Source is also an emblem of Montreal’s rich history which began with our Aboriginal Peoples.
Michel de Broin’s Dendrites
“Dendrites” are the branched fibers of the neuron that carry brain impulses. The term is derived from the Greek dendritēs, meaning “treelike”. The sculptures magnify the scale of this microscopic phenomenon to that of a landscape, while evoking the trunks of big trees. Visitors will be able to climb them, symbolizing mankind’s desire for ascendance and perspective.
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