The Corporation invites cyclists, runners and walkers to discover this multi-coloured passageway on the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The Veduta pilot project by artist Stéphane Leclerc makes crossing the bridge a dynamic, full-colour visual experience.
This urban work of art creates a visually striking, modulated effect and transforms the space with multicoloured strips attached to the posts of the multipurpose path railing. This is an opportunity for Jacques Cartier Bridge users to reconnect with and rediscover this iconic Montreal structure.
Stéphane Leclerc’s journey has been a colourful one and has combined art history and environmental design. He has a keen interest in public art and urban space planning—an interest he shares with students as a CEGEP teacher.
For the artist, this project is a unique opportunity to change our vision of the simple act of crossing the bridge. “The appeal of the Veduta project lies in the ability to take an existing structure and combine it with various phenomena interpreted through art history—like the anamorphosis style of the Renaissance or the optical illusions of op art—to offer cyclists and pedestrians a totally new bridge experience,” says Stéphane Leclerc.
Painting the city : Veduta is an Italian word that designates a type of 18th-century cityscape painting.
This year, the project features long shapes that can’t be taken in by the eye all at once. The Veduta project also emphasizes the unique character of this space in the city.
The 2016 project, feature by feature.
Direction > Montréal: “Projection”
Located just before the bridge descent, this feature is a signal to users to slow down. Two perfectly symmetrical shapes on either side of the path come together towards cyclists to create a feeling of narrowing.
Direction > Longueuil: “Forced perspective”
This feature is located in the same area as the first one but is only visible towards Longueuil. It highlights the structure’s natural perspective with a series of vanishing lines that converge at a false vanishing point under the deck.
Direction > Montréal: “Horizon”
This feature is visible towards Montreal and accentuates the degree of the slope. The simplicity of the feature reveals the horizon and marks users’ arrival in the city with vibrant bursts of colour.
Direction > Longueuil: “Take-off”
This feature is an invitation to cyclists to cross the bridge and “take off” over the river.