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RESPITE ON ST. DENIS

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MARILOU CHAMPAGNE

LA VAGUE
LA VAGUE (THE WAVE) is a
refreshingly playful summer art
installation set up on Montreal's busy
Saint-Denis Street, where it is most
welcome. In summer, pedestrians
walk in the barely noticeable shade of
honey locust trees - the street can
be a heat island. Yet at the end of the
day, before the sidewalk patios have
filled up with evening crowds, the wave
is full of people. The small but intense
space plays host to many a "micro
gathering," warming the hearts of city
dwellers leading all-too-individual lives.
THE WAVE EXPERIENCE
The work's dynamic architecture,
produced by Arcadia Studio and its
multidisciplinary team, is reminiscent
of a wave's motion, which has created
an unexpected effect: La Vague feels
like a protective cocoon. Its space is
tight but comfortable - just 22 metres
long, the length of five parking spaces.
When we sit, we're seized with a desire
to touch the rounded wood. Those

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WHAT A FEELING!
It's easy to describe the technical side
of the installation: 74 wooden ribs, 5
degrees of heat abatement, 45 misters
using just 0.0222 litres of water per hour
on hot days - the misters are triggered
by pedestrians. But what's harder to
capture in words is the experience.
Generally, there are three types of user:
lone meditative types (eager adopters),
symbiotic couples (who stop for a kiss or
a snapshot), and families with amazed
little ones.

rounded corners, the shape of the
planters, the furniture are all designed
to fit harmoniously within the wave's
fractal pattern.
Yet while walking through, we stretch
out an arm, turning the ribs into a giant
xylophone. Through this project, the
Arcadia team has managed to refocus
part of an urban thoroughfare around
the human being. People go out of their
way to experience La Vague. Despite
the precariousness of the streetside
setting, we feel as if we've been
transported elsewhere.

One woman, sitting on a bench,
described her own reverie. ''I was
humming 'We all live in a yellow
submarine...'," she said. "To put it simply,
I've adopted La Vague. It's relaxing,
with its flowers and colours. You feel
like you're in a little bubble. The place
even allows me to meet people and
take interesting photos. It's a good
initiative. I come from the south and it
lets me dream of being back home, on
the beach."

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1 THE MOTION OF A WAVE HITS THE PAVEMENT OF ST. DENIS STREET
2 LA VAGUE OCCUPIES FIVE PARKING SPACES 3 SKETCHUP
PHOTOS 1-2 ALEXANDRE GUILBEAULT 3 CAMILLE ZAROUBI

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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