In the heart of the city, people from all walks of life gather around a big campfire under the stars, a bonfire made of more than 200 incandescent bulbs brought to life by human warmth. The Island of Warmth is an interactive light installation that lets visitors generate the fire’s sounds and movements. Sensors placed
under the floor of the platform allow festival goers to determine the movements of the flames and the music created by the sounds of the fire. As they dance and jump, the visitors kindle the embers, fan the flames and send sparks flying. Flames leap and swirl, creating warmth, light, smoke, and music.
When the most active visitors start dancing and jumping around the bonfire, sparks begin to fly and leap to the top of the luminous structure. The more
activity there is around the fire, the more intense are the blaze and the music that accompanies it. The Island of Warmth reaches its peak when everyone around it moves in sync, turning the installation into a symphony for the eyes and ears. A burst of irresistible collective energy spreads and brings the heart of the city to life.
Original concept, lighting and set design:
ATOMIC3 – Félix Dagenais, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun
Sound Design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
Interactive System Design: Benjamin De Leener
Festival Montréal en Lumière, Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and