A heatwave in July. For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to take my bike and go explore the city in the middle of the afternoon. Not my brightest moment. I had biked along Canal Lachine and was on my way back home through the Old Port when I could feel a heat stroke coming up. I was thirsty, hot and sweaty. Not my most attractive moment.
I was on the verge of giving up – on the bike ride, not on life in general – when all of a sudden, I thought I saw an oasis. I crossed the busy Saint-Antoine street to have a closer look. No, I wasn’t dreaming, I had found a cool-down paradise!
“Fontaine”, the work of artist Peter Gnass, consists of 34 stainless-steel rods holding chrome bronze nozzles. The rods are each almost 5 meter high. When you press the button in the concrete block on the side, the rods slowly start to evaporate water. The water spectacle begins…
The work used to be called “Jeux d’enfants” (Children’s games) and was originally integrated into a children’s park before it was commissioned by the Government of Québec in 1984 to brighten up the Ville-Marie expressway.
When I saw “Fontaine”, the child in me woke up from a nap and wanted to play, laugh and run between the rods. What made it all more magical were the rainbows (yes, multiple!) that appeared in the water. A beautiful and refreshing spot.