Iceberg by ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture
in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Philippe Jean

On display Nov. 9 – Dec. 31

Iceberg is a playful, immersive, light and sound installation 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 an iceberg resonate like gigantic organ pipes, whose tonalities change as the iceberg gradually melts.

Inspired by this monumental and natural musical instrument, Iceberg consists of a series of 14 illuminated metallic arches that are trigged to create sound and light when people pass through each arch. Arranged as a tunnel, the arches beckon visitors to enter, listen to and play this giant organ, whose notes and light travel from end to end of the musical corridor. Human activity “warms up” these ice monuments and transforms their original nature into a visual and auditory symphony.

Creation and execution: ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Philippe Jean.

Co-production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, created for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival.

Artist Bio

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.