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Dance Floor by Jean Verville

Maxime Brouillet

Thousands of golden footsteps spill down the road in a mosaic-like floor in Jean Verville‘s latest installation for the Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsDuring the summer, his elegant installation titled ‘Dance Floor’ will offer a lively landscape animated by an exuberant trompe-l’oeil. With Verville’s installation the participants experiment movement, both free and structured by the course, to surrender to the pleasure of an impulsive action or casual wandering.

With paving made of more than 5,000 footprints, ‘Dance Floor’ installation composed a stunning mosaic reminiscent of hammered gold, nod to the theme of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition Pompeii. The gesture, of an equally unexpected as sensational simplicity, traces some chaos proper to crowd and invite passersby to improvise steps on this huge dancing floor.

Shaping a new urban intersection, architect Jean Verville transforms the pedestrian street into a giant interactive activity enlivening downtown Montreal with formidable improvised dances, while encouraging the visitor to build its customized tour within the works of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Sculpture Garden.

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all images © Maxime Brouillet