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Macro-Flowers and Air-Freshener Tree Art at Chateau Ramezay

Posted by Amie / June 24, 2011

The Fir is a Tree at Chateau RamezayFake trees and larger-than-life photos of intensely-coloured but very real flowers are the highlights of the free art exhibits situated next to Chateau Ramezay in Montreal's Old Port. "The Fir is a Tree" is the apt title of the installation by graphic design collective, Rita, that's taken up residence just east of Place Jacques-Cartier. Admire the funny, but disturbing life-size air freshener trees that create a mini-forest before descending to the four-sided flower photography exhibit of Louise Tanguay.

Chateau Ramezay makes an interesting contrast by presenting these two exhibits together - one a statement on re-forestation in the form of a contemporary installation and the other a purely aesthetic and heart-achingly beautiful photography exhibit. The droplets of water on the pansies ("pensées" - "thoughts" in French), the anther and stigma of the flower that only seem so intensely-coloured when seen this up-close distract completely from the uncomfortable joke of the giant plastic car air-freshener trees. The irony being that the fir trees are pretending to be plants while the photos are actually more one-dimensional. The Fir is a Tree - Rita

The colours...roses, ferns, pansies...red represents passion, white for innocence, orange for joy, blue for depth, wisdom, serenity, and well-being. You don't need a camera to zoom in on the natural floral beauty, but Tanguay's sense of light and angle highlights what you might miss on your own.

Her paintings also make for better window(less) shopping than most Old Montreal art galleries. Especially since you can see them after or before business hours, as the exhibit is accessible 24 hours a day since neither it or the air-freshener installation are enclosed in the actual Chateau Ramezay or its garden. If it is business hours, you can also walk through the free 18th Century kitchen garden, orchard and flower garden downhill from the museum itself. Try to time this with one of their Dieu du Ciel-sponsored history and tasting of beer presentations.

Colors in Bloom and The Fir is a Tree
280 rue Notre-Dame East (north-east side of Place Jacques-Cartier)
Photography by Louise Tanguay
Installation by graphic design collective Rita, in collaboration with the Reford Gardens as part of the Métis-sur-Montréal event.

Chateau Ramezay

When: Until October 2, 2011, 24 hours a day
How Much: Free!

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