Located between the new entrance of the Palais des congrès and that of the CDP Capital Centre, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle is a new public space built on a former parking lot and a covered section of the Ville-Marie Expressway.
The square is an ideal setting for the sculpture-fountain by Riopelle called La Joute (The Joust). In keeping with the artist's vision, the central sculpture, a prodigious and important work, is set in a fountain encircled by a ring of fire (see below for the fountain’s “performance” schedule).
The square also features 88 trees in an urban forest comprising 11 species from Maple to Hickory (indigenous to the Montréal region). These mature trees are randomly positioned just like computer circuits. Mist blowers and lights underground are activated, as "La Joute" is activated at nightfall.
The square has become a popular spot to eat lunch and a point of interest for visitors who come to see the sculpture's 30-minute spectacle. The dramatic effect of water, mist and lighting brings Riopelle's vision to life.
La Joute by Riopelle
Schedule of the fountain’s “performance”:
(Mid-May to Mid-October):