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Montreal, Canada H3H1A
Fontaine Riopelle Description
A fascinating and incredibly elaborate bronze sculpture encircled by a pool of water stands at one end of the Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, which also has park benches, 80 trees, and lush lawns. Named after Montreal's beloved painter, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle comes alive at night with a sculpture art show that includes mysterious mist and a ring of fire. This is art-coming-alive at its best: the fire show is riveting to watch and it's also exciting for children to discover the animals and images in the sculpture itself.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Young ones may find the fire a little scary.
School-Age Kids: Kids 8 and up will be interested in the sculpture's history (it was originally made for the Olympic Games), which is explained on a placard nearby. Have kids hunt for the images in the sculpture itself and see if they can find the author's signature.
- Bring your camera. You'll want to capture the look on your child's face as the fire springs out of the water.
- Go at night. Your Montreal meanderings may take you past the sculpture and the square during the day, but you don't want to miss the 30-minute fog and fire show at night.
Just the Facts
Hours: Mid-May to mid-October: Sculpture shows on the half-hour 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour