Place Jean-Paul Riopelle is located in Montreal’s international quarter and is named after one of Quebec’s most famous artists. To the right of the photo you can see the multi coloured facade of Montreal’s Palais des Congrès (convention centre). The structure in the middle of the frame leads to underground parking as far as I can remember. I’ll make sure to find out soon as I plan to go back and photograph the most interesting part of the park which is Riopelle’s sculpture La Joute. This spectacular bronze sculpture is also a fountain where the water lights on fire. I’ll save more descriptions when I get a chance to revisit Place Jean-Paul Riopelle and photograph La Joute.
There are over 80 trees in this small park making it a nice urban oasis and people who work nearby and tourists alike come and hang out, eat their lunch, watch the spectacle of the fountain and get enveloped in the mist that is sprayed from underground pipes. At certain times the mist turns into a fog and it’s difficult to see more than a few meters in front of you. This is one of those places that you can see how hard the urban planners worked to make it just right. Place Jean-Paul Riopelle is just north of historic Old Montreal and just south of Downtown and well worth a visit.
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