La Joute – a fountain of water, fog and fire

Recently I was in Montréal and my first destination was the Palais des congrès.  A stroll down Avenue Viger led me to this convention centre and the beautiful façade of colorful glass windows that drew me there.  I crossed the street to frame the windows behind the fountain in the park there.  La Joute is the name of the sculpture fountain and it breathes fire!  I didn’t know that when I arrived though.  Standing at the edge of the fountain’s pool, I overheard a boy ask his brother when the fire would start so I decided to wait and see what would come next.

A few minutes later, a thick haze started to roll over the water and soon covered the pool and rose up towards the bronze sculptures of animal and human figures.  The presentation was impressive and had a gentle flow as it moved from water into fog.

A few people had gathered and were enthralled, as I was, when the first flickers of flame began to appear around the central statue.  These flames connected into a complete ring of fire and rose a foot or two off of the water.

The backdrop of the Palais made for a lovely atmosphere and a great scene to photograph throughout the sequence.

5 responses

  1. Pingback: A night in the old port of Montréal | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. What a unique and fascinating concept and fun pictures, thanks, Chris, for that side trip!

    June 14, 2018 at 1:25 pm

  3. Anonymous

    Excellent collection Chris! The colour and light is outstanding.

    June 14, 2018 at 11:35 am

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    June 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

  5. Well, I learned something. I live in Montreal and I didn’t know about the fountain beside the Palais des Congres. I have to admit that I haven’t been there at night so that would explain my ignorance. I will now have to make a night trip in that area. Nice pics. (Suzanne)

    June 14, 2018 at 8:58 am

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