You see it from the other side of the river, and it’s only when you get closer that you realise how big it is. For some reason, it reminds me of the iconic giant spider by artist Louise Bourgeois that you may have seen in different cities around the world. It’s massive, strong but with curves that induce some kind of softness. A beautiful contradiction with the apparent sturdiness of the material used for those installations, in total harmony with the Olympic park.
It’s one of the few remains of Montreal Expo 1967 all within walking distance from each other. Once on the island St-Helen, you will have the chance to go back in time going to the Biosphere, seeing the casino from outside (much more interesting than from inside) located on the next island hosting the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the famous Habitat 67 housing and of course this sculpture called “Trois Disques” by American artist Alexander Calder. Another ground-level viewpoint on the Montreal skyline, the location of this outdoor art installation offers a stunning viewpoint on the old port and skyline from the St-Lawrence river.
If you have a bike then I don’t need to explain, but if you don’t, just take the blue line of the subway network, go out at station Jean-Drapeau and enjoy.