As they have done throughout their 20-year collaboration creating ambitious sculptures, installations and performance works, BGL produced a monumental structure that will stand at the new crossroads at Henri-Bourassa and Pie-IX, in the borough of Montréal-Nord. La Vélocité des lieux, to be inaugurated on September 19, is already causing a controversy.

Some see the large fixed wheel, close to 20 metres tall, as an unnecessary blemish on the landscape, a Ferris wheel that has little to do with art. Others find the $1.1 million Canadian that the installation will cost the city hard to swallow in times of austerity. But this is far from a new discussion. In fact, it happens every time public art is contemplated, and not only here. (The London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames, although not exactly a work of art, met with extremely critical reception when it was inaugurated in 1999.)

La Vélocité des lieux follows on the heels of another massive installation by the art collective, Water Velocity, a kinetic sculpture designed for the Pan Am Games. Inspired by the lanes of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre’s two Olympic-sized pools, the approximately 11-metre-tall structure has metal flaps that are sensitive to the wind, resembling the flicker of light on water as they move.

Love them or hate them, BGL have no trouble being the talk of the town, from Montreal to Paris, Havana to Barcelona.

La Vélocité des lieux
For more information about BGL, and Canada’s participation in the 2015 Venice Biennale go to: gallery.ca/venice

 

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La Vélocité des lieux

 
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Water Velocity