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50 Prisms Emit Colorful Lights on the Streets of Montreal

Canadian architecture firm RAW recently unveiled Prismatica, a dazzling public art installation in Montreal that emits light from 50 prisms. The six and a half-foot-tall structures are spread throughout the Place des Festivals where visitors can walk around all sides of the rotating kaleidoscopes. At night, they display soft-but-colorful lights that illuminate those that are passing by.

The prisms are made from panels laminated with a dichroic film, and they transmit and reflect every color in the visible spectrum. Contained in their bases are projectors that create an infinite interplay of lights and reflections. And, as the prisms rotate, a soundtrack of bells play, too.

Prismatica was designed with winter in mind. “We wanted to contribute an installation that was immersive, yet inviting. We wanted people to play around, have fun and, in doing so, forget about the cold,” RAW Roland Rom Colthoff explained. Their installation is one of two that was selected by the juries of the fifth annual Luminothrapie competition. So, if you’re local to Montreal, you can check out the work until February 1, 2015.

Above Photo Credit: Cindy Boyce

Photo Credit: Cindy Boyce

Photo Credit: Cindy Boyce

Photo Credit: Cindy Boyce

Photo Credit: James Brittain

Photo Credit: James Brittain

Photo Credit: James Brittain

Photo Credit: James Brittain

Photo Credit: James Brittain

RAW Design website
via [Contemporist and Montral Ville UNESCO de Design]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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