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Posted: Jul 30, 2015 18:46:25   Edited by: Enkil

This is not related to the Montreal Fireworks competition, but since the JC bridge is something we see all the time in the background, I thought it would be interesting to share this news piece:

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced a major project to celebrate Montreal's 375th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Confederation: lighting up the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

The project to illuminate the Jacques Cartier Bridge is called Living Connections. A statement from the city's 375th anniversary committee calls it "a unique interactive lighting concept activated in real time by the seasons and the energy of the city."

"It's going to be a gift from Canada to Montreal, and it's going to be — I can bet you anything — people taking pictures millions of times because the bridge will change colour every day," said Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary.

"We want to make sure it's like a masterpiece...It has to be beautiful every day," he told CBC Radio One's Homerun.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel announced a major project to celebrate Montreal's 375th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Confederation: lighting up the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

The project to illuminate the Jacques Cartier Bridge is called Living Connections. A statement from the city's 375th anniversary committee calls it "a unique interactive lighting concept activated in real time by the seasons and the energy of the city."

"It's going to be a gift from Canada to Montreal, and it's going to be — I can bet you anything — people taking pictures millions of times because the bridge will change colour every day," said Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary.

"We want to make sure it's like a masterpiece...It has to be beautiful every day," he told CBC Radio One's Homerun.

Montreal plans "interactive illumination" of the Jacques Cartier Bridge for 375th anniversary.

The $39.5-million project includes installing square lights on the 2.5-kilometre structure, which links the island of Montreal to the South Shore.

The project would be an interactive light show conceptualized by six multimedia and lighting studios and Moment Factory — a Montreal multimedia company that has done light shows for artists including Bon Jovi, Céline Dion and Madonna during her 2012 Super Bowl half-time show.

"They came with this simple project, which is amazing: it follows the seasons. So let's say it's blue during winter, but 91 shades of blue. So when it's really cold it turns crystal blue, and then it turns to green for spring, yellow in summer...and in the middle of the fall it will be red. It's tied to the change of season," Rozon said.

The 365 shades of colour can also be programmed to reflect activities or events going on in the city, he said.

"If the Canadiens were to win the Stanley Cup, we could change the colour of the bridge...If there 's a huge festival, or the fireworks, or something amazing going on, the bridge from the outside will vibrate, so you will feel the activity."

The illumination project is slated to last at least 10 years, Rozon said.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated will contribute $30 million, while the city of Montreal will foot the bill for $9.5 million.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said that in spite of the price tag, the project is a good investment for the city that will boost tourism.

"You can go on Twitter, you can have some trolls saying, 'Oh, that's bad,'...but the reality here is that we are showing that Montreal is a great metropolis and that the government of Canada is delivering the merchandise."

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Posted: Jul 30, 2015 19:05:05

If this is visible from La Ronde, wouldn't it be neat if the bridge lights turned off as part of the 10-second Ferris Wheel countdown?


Posted: Jul 30, 2015 19:10:28   Edited by: fredbastien

This is a "bright" idea! You should submit it to Moment Factory.

For the 375th anniversary, it would also be fantastic to allow La Ronde to illuminate the bridge with fireworks, within an off-competition display, as it is often done with other bridges around the world.

Fred


Posted: Jul 30, 2015 21:42:07   Edited by: Smoke

Wow, that sounds neat! I've always wanted to see the bridge lit up in that (seasonal) manner! That would certainly be interesting!

Thanks for sharing this news, Enkil!

Trav.


Posted: Mar 1, 2016 11:21:39

In the meantime, you may enjoy one of the latest ads of the all-news channel RDI. Follow the link and scroll down to the RDI ad posted at Berri-UQAM metro station:

http://www.infopresse.com/article/2016/2/29/rdi

Fred


Posted: Feb 21, 2017 21:33:49   Edited by: fredbastien

If this is visible from La Ronde, wouldn't it be neat if the bridge lights turned off as part of the 10-second Ferris Wheel countdown?

Testing of the new lighting system is under way. The Jacques-Cartier Bridge Society has tweeted an interesting picture tonight. The most interesting thing, in my opinion, is not the colours or the shapes of the light on the bridge, but the point of view:

https://mobile.twitter.com/pontJCBridge/status/834212891737862145/phot o/1

Isn't exciting that a such picture has been taken from the top of the fireworks grandstands, inside La Ronde???

It is likely a cue that a system will be located at La Ronde to control, from there, the lighting system on fireworks nights.

Fred


Posted: Feb 22, 2017 21:38:36

Nice find! Looking forward to seeing what they have in store.


Posted: Mar 9, 2017 10:54:25

There was a media event organized last night as tests of the lighting system continues on Jacques-Cartier bridge. Journalists were invited to watch the effects from La Ronde.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/breve/84348/le-pont-jacques-cartier-illumin e

Radio-Canada did a 15-minute live report through Facebook, including a Q&A based on viewers' questions asked to a spokesperson of the Société des ponts Jacques-Cartier et Champlain. Unfortunately, there was no specific information about any connection between the system and La Ronde fireworks.

Fred
 

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