Illumination of Jacques Cartier Bridge

Living Connections:
A lighting signature for the Jacques Cartier Bridge

Programmation officielle Vive 375e
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The Jacques Cartier Bridge is an emblem of the Greater Montreal area because of its history and architecture. Living Connections is a unique interactive lighting concept that, for years to come, will be activated in real time by the seasons and the energy of the city. This ambitious, innovative new luminous signature is a tribute to an iconic feature of Montreal’s urban landscape.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated is proud to lend its expertise to the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, a key project for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal. This project strike the imagination and bring people together while showcasing the city’s incredible heritage.

As the seasons change, so do the lights

The concept

Thanks to intelligent programming, this first connected bridge comes alive every night. An iconic landmark during the day, the bridge comes to life at sunset, marks the new day at the stroke of midnight, and goes into sleep mode at dusk. Activated by millions of data that make up the pulse of the city, the bridge becomes a unifying, living and lasting symbol.

As the seasons change, so do the lights

The bridge changes with the seasons thanks to a 365-colour calendar. Day after day, it gradually changes from an energizing spring green to a radiant summer orange, a voluptuous fall red, and finally an icy winter blue. The light subtly evokes the passage of time.

The lighting is soft and directed towards the structure. Light loss is minimized to reduce light pollution and avoid washing out starlight.

A reflection of Montreal’s energy

The vitality of Montrealers is constantly seen through a subtle flickering of the lights. The intensity, speed and density of these light fragments change depending on how often Montreal is mentioned on social media. Every hour at night, short 5-minute animations visually translates Montreal’s mood based on the weather, traffic, news, major events, and more.

The artistic concept was created by MOMENT FACTORY in collaboration with 6 Montreal multimedia and lighting studios:

Ambiances Design Productions, ATOMIC3, Éclairage Public / Ombrages, Lucion Média, Réalisations and UDO Design