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These beautiful futuristic fairy tale-filled cylinders are lighting up Montreal

A series of new installations have been unveiled in Montreal, that feature futuristic light-up cylinders that allow visitors to play animated fairy tales on loops.

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Loop allows members of the public to engage with art in an exciting way. Image by Quartier des Spectacles

The unique interactive installations are called, “Loop” and are part of the Luminothérapie project currently on display at the Quartier des Spectacles. It features 13 giant wheels, each telling a different tale comprised of 24 images each. Members of the public are invited to sit inside the cylinders at the Place des Festivals and activate the mechanism by pulling on a bar, with each zoetrope then generating stories that last a few seconds each. At the centre of each one is a music box to provide accompaniment for the giant animated stories as they come to life. The installations took 800 hours of assembly and three months of design work.

Each of the 13 cylinders tells a different fairy-tale.
Each of the 13 cylinders tells a different fairy-tale. Image by Quartier des spectacles
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This year’s Luminothérapie also features stunning high resolution video projections shown on two buildings overlooking the Place des Festivals. Image by Quartier des spectacles

Each of the cylinders are two metres in diameter, with the images depicting some familiar stories, such as a toad becoming a prince or a wolf blowing the houses of the three little pigs. The animations are visible from both inside and outside the cylinders, with the frequency and tempo of the imagery and music being determined by how fast the lever is moved by participants. “We were inspired by the mechanical poetry of the zoetrope to give the public, thanks to digital technology, an extraordinary immersive experience. It will be interesting to see how each person responds, but in any case we want to stimulate everyone’s imagination and encourage all to participate, helping people see public space differently,” said Olivier Girouard, one of the designers of Loop.

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The installations took 800 hours of assembly and three months of design work. Image by Quartier des spectacles
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The project was designed to encourage members of the public to interact with art and view Montreal in a different way. Image by Quartier des spectacles

First launched in 2010, this year’s Luminothérapie also features stunning high resolution video projections shown on two buildings overlooking the Place des Festivals. The goal of the project is to give locals and visitors an original winter experience in the Quartier des Spectacles, and to promote Montreal as a city of design. Loop will be showing at the Quartier des Spectacles until 29 January, with more information on visiting it available on the website.