Jacques Cartier Bridge to get artistic makeover

Starting on Monday, the Jacques Cartier Bridge will be transformed into an interactive piece of art for those who walk, run or bike along its passageways.

A pilot project will see multi-coloured shapes on rails that line the bridge

An artistic rendition of what the pilot project art will look like on the Jacques Cartier Bridge. (Stephane Leclerc/YouTube)

Starting on Monday, the Jacques Cartier Bridge will be transformed into an interactive piece of art for those who walk, run or bike along its passageways.

Quebec artist Stéphane Leclerc is behind the pilot project called Veduta which places multi-coloured tape in different shapes along the rails that line the bridge.

The idea is that as you walk, run or bike, those shapes transform as your viewpoint changes.

 "The appeal of the Veduta project lies in the ability to take a structure that's already there and combine it with various phenomena interpreted through art history, to offer cyclists and pedestrians a totally new bridge experience," Leclerc said.

Leclerc actually began his project without the approval of Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, the company in charge of the bridge. He was stopped by provincial police and told to leave the bridge.

But somebody paid attention to his work.

Now the company in charge of the federal bridge has teamed up with Leclerc for this pilot project and will continue with new art projects next summer if this one is a success.

  • Tell the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated what you think of the project.

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