Iceberg is playful immersive work that tells the story of an iceberg, from its calving into Arctic waters to its final melting near a southern shore. In their natural state, the crevasses within Iceberg resonate like gigantic organ pipes whose tonalities change as they gradually melt. Inspired by this monumental natural instrument, Iceberg consists of a series of illuminated metallic arches that each produce a particular sound. Arranged as a tunnel, the arches beckon visitors to enter, listen to and play the giant organ, whose notes and light travel the musical corridor from end to end. Human activity “warms up” the ice monuments and transforms their original nature into a visual and auditory symphony.
Iceberg was first presented as part of the 3th edition of Luminothérapie, in 2012-2013, at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.
Iceberg is a featured installation at WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, an exhibition of cutting-edge works of contemporary public art presented from May 30–June 2, 2019. The free four-night festival features interactive artworks, temporary installations and performances in and around the Blue River Plaza in downtown Breckenridge, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvases, stages and exhibition spaces.
Funding for WAVE is generously provided by the Town of Breckenridge and the National Endowment for the Arts, with media support from Mountain Living.
Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts.
Photo credit: Martine Doyon
With over 10 years of experience in the performing arts, director Félix Dagenais and lighting designer Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun founded ATOMIC3 to push their artistic development beyond the walls of the theater, inventing new ways to tell stories and spark the imagination. Together they design and create urban installations that transform space and light up people’s everyday lives. Whether interactive or contemplative, their works invite citizens to look at their environment with new eyes. Their rich and diverse performing arts experience informs their approach, bringing original narrative and poetic dimensions to their work.
Creation and execution: ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Philippe Jean
Artistic Direction and production: ATOMIC3 – Félix Dagenais, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun
Architectural Design: Appareil Architecture Lighting Design: ATOMIC3 – Félix Dagenais, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun
Sound Design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
Interactive System Design: Philippe Jean Production:
A co-production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, created for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival.