What would it take to make an average person on the street break into spontaneous dance? Canadian architect Jean Verville believes dynamic public space can unleash the dancer within us all - and he proves it with the elegant DANCE FLOOR, an installation made with over 5,000 golden footprints. Winner of the coveted Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ invited summer 2016 competition, DANCE FLOOR is a temporarily intervention on Museum Avenue that brings a new dynamism and invites passersby to improvise dance moves in downtown Montreal.
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.
“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.
Images by Maxime Brouillet and François Bodlet