DANCE FLOOR by Jean Verville, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts summer 2016, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts urban installation, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts dance floor, Montreal urban installation

Spanning a pedestrian road closed off to cars between the museum and a church, the 3,000-square-foot DANCE FLOOR comprises glittering paving with golden footprints pointed in a variety of directions. The mosaic-like urban installation evokes hammered gold in reference to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Pompeii exhibition. Passersby drawn to the glint and shine of the gold footprints are invited to improvise steps on the giant dance floor.

DANCE FLOOR by Jean Verville, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts summer 2016, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts urban installation, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts dance floor, Montreal urban installation

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“With Verville’s proposal the participants experiment movement, both free and structured by the course, to surrender to the pleasure of an impulsive action or casual wandering,” says a press release. “Welcoming varied and unforgettable performances, DANCE FLOOR shines a new dynamism to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ area.” The DANCE FLOOR is complemented with raised rectangular volumes, also covered in golden footprints, which can be used as seating or as an elevated surface to jump or dance on.

+ Jean Verville architecte

Images by Maxime Brouillet and François Bodlet