Aéroports de Montréal

Aéroports de Montréal

May 11, 2006 17:00 ET

Montreal-Trudeau Airport Presents: You Are Almost There !, A Lighting Installation by Axel Morgenthaler

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 11, 2006) - Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) is pleased to announce the official opening of the permanent exhibition You are almost there !, a series of lighting installations integrated into the architecture of the new transborder and international jetties at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The works are by conceptual artist and lighting designer Axel Morgenthaler. This exhibition is part of the Montreal Identity program, ADM's innovative initiative aimed at infusing the airport with a typically "Montreal" character, as well as helping support the city's artistic and cultural development.

Well known in the world of performance, the Montreal-based Morgenthaler is one of the most innovative lighting designers around. He has created a versatile ambience for the Montreal-Trudeau corridors that witness the arrival of some three million visitors per year. The works depict passengers in transit with a touch of colour and technological innovation from the moment they deplane right up to their arrival in the Canada Customs hall. You are almost there ! consists of 29 computer-controlled tubes of light (LED technology). Images taken by the artist are mixed with video sequences, then translated into the programming language that controls the lights. The result is a dynamic piece that yields remarkable effects such as waves of light; and each season, the programming will be changed to create new plays of light, thus providing passers-by with a diverting work of art that's constantly self-renewing.

ADM would like to acknowledge the contributions of external members of the Montreal Identity program advisory committee: Danielle Sauvage, Executive Director, Conseil des arts de Montreal; Pierre Bellerose, Vice-President, Research and Public Relations, Tourisme Montreal; Johanne Brouillet, Artistic Advisor and Art Gallery Exhibition Coordinator, Galerie d'art du Centre culturel de l'Universite de Sherbrooke; and Michel Hardy, Head of Design, Cardinal Hardy Architectes.

About Axel Morgenthaler

The quality of his work combined with his many-sided interests have led Mr. Morgenthaler to work with such renowned choreographers as Edouard Lock, Marie Chouinard and Ginette Laurin, along with eminent theatre directors such as Robert Lepage, Gilles Maheu and Wajdi Mouawad. He has also contributed to opera, television and museum projects. For a number of years, his interests have focused on architecture, notably building lighting, work which garnered him an award for lighting design from the International Engineering Society (IES) in 2004. He also won an International Illumination Design Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) in 2005 for his architectural lighting of the Hotel Auberge St. Antoine in Quebec City. A veritable "sculptor of light" in public spaces, he recently produced Obsolescence, a spectacular urban lighting installation at the former Canada Maltage silos in Montreal. He is currently at work on a new project for Montreal's metro system.

About Aeroports de Montreal

ADM is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel international airports under the terms of a lease entered into with Transport Canada in 1992. The Corporation employs a total of some 600 persons at the two airports and head office.

For more information on ADM and its Montreal Identity program, visit www.admtl.com/concoursdidees

For further details on Axel Morgenthaler, visit www.photonicdreams.com and www.axelmorgenthaler.com

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