Go out for a “Nuit blanche” to rediscover Living Connections

2 March 2018

Are you racking your brain to find something to do this Saturday, March 3? Why not head out to one of the many activities for the 15th Nuit blanche à Montréal? Spend an evening discovering the different light sequences of the Living Connections project on the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

When the bridge wakes up at around 6:15 p.m. every evening, a short one-minute light show comes on every half hour.

At each hour between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., short 5-minute sequences visually reflect Montreal’s energy from the day based on different types of data: the weather, traffic, news, major events, and more. Through the variety and intensity of each subject colour, this light show reflects what Montreal was talking about during the day: Society (Red), Environment (green), Technology (pale blue), Business (grey), Sports (dark blue), Institutions (pink), Culture (purple). The more intense the colour, the more that topic was discussed in the media. Gradually, the most talked-about theme of the day comes alive in light to symbolize what was important for Montrealers that day. The direction of the light movement is also telling: if the lights move up, the mood for the day was joyful; if the lights move down, the mood was down too.

At midnight, watch a special show when the bridge goes through all 365 colours of the chromatic calendar to find its new colour for the day.

Become part of the show and make the bridge light up with the hashtag #illuminationMTL!

A flagship project of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the illumination of this steel giant was a major challenge. To meet this challenge, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) combined its expertise in civil engineering and project management with the creative talent of a multimedia collective led by Moment Factory (Ambiances Design Productions, ATOMIC3, Éclairage Public / Ombrages, Lucion Média, Réalisations and UDO Design) for the artistic design, the know-how of WSP–AECOM for the engineering, and the expertise of Pomerleau for the lighting system installation. JCCBI is proud to have lent its expertise, in collaboration with 375MTL, to pilot this project that brought so many people together.