Illuminated Crowd


The Illuminated Crowd Sculpture in front of BNP Building, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Constructed of polyester resin, Raymond Mason’s sculpture of 65 people is one of Montréal’s most photographed pieces of public art. The work shows a rather dark side of humanity. A crowd of onlookers stands pressed tightly together. The first row merely looks off into the distance, while behind them, the mood gradually degenerates as figures show a range of emotions – melancholy, fear, lust, hatred and terror.

A fine vantage point is on the Secret Bench, an evocative sculpture by Lea Vivot on the other side of Ave McGill College.