© Frédérique Ménard-Aubin.
Public swimming pools in Montreal are little islands of life, movement and refreshment. They are the theatre of summer, a place for relaxation and play in contrast to Montreal’s hot and humid urban reality. In summer 2011, a virtual swimming pool was set up at Place Emilie-Gamelin, a large public plaza in the center of the city. Equipped with playful furniture reminiscent of water fun, the swimming pool hides in its pixels an enormous hopscotch court, numerous chess boards and a giant tangram puzzle. The installation is designed to accommodate large crowds during festivals and special events including the park summer program organised by Le partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles.