MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On September 7, the Montréal
Space for Life will be unveiling its Gardens of Light to the public. The new event at the Montréal Botanical Garden is a
dazzling way to launch the fall cultural season in Montréal. This year,
in addition to celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Magic of Lanterns at the Chinese Garden, visitors will be delighted by the carefully
designed, subtle lighting that has been added to the Japanese Garden.
At dusk, the pathways through the Gardens of Light will turn into a mysterious, magical study in contrasts.
For Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the Space for Life,
"Gardens of Light expresses the very essence of what the Space for Life is creating: a
place where every visitor is invited to get closer to nature through
striking and meaningful experiences appealing to the senses. This kind
of otherworldly experience in the heart of the city is truly
"With Gardens of Light, we wanted to reveal the colours, textures and shapes of the plants and
cultural symbols at the Botanical Garden after dark. We are very proud
to welcome people from near and far to this fabulous celebration of
light, and we're sure they'll be amazed," says Gilles Vincent, Director
of the Botanical Garden.
NEW: The Japanese Garden is all aglow, too
The Japanese Garden is adding a touch of elegance and mystery to the
Magic of Lanterns this year, with an entrancing interplay of shadows
and light. Like shadowy silhouettes, visitors will stroll through a
subtly illuminated landscape, a tableau designed to emphasize the
loveliest parts of the garden. The Peace Bell, stones, bridges and
trees will all be set off by backlighting that emphasizes their
textures, sculpts their angles and accentuates their details as well as
the movement of the water. Visitors will see the Japanese Garden in a
whole new light, one that brings out its authenticity. The result is a
wonderfully serene environment, inviting everyone to slow down and
contemplate nature's marvels.
20 years of The Magic of Lanterns at the Chinese Garden
For its 20th anniversary, the Magic of Lanterns has chosen a rich and inspiring
theme: the Feast of Peaches organized by Xi Wang Mu, Queen Mother of
the West. The banquet, illustrated by a multitude of entrancing new
lanterns, shows the Celestial Queen serving her guests the peaches of
immortality - very special fruit that ripen only once every 3,000
years. Nearly 1,000 lanterns, produced in China from sketches made here
in Montréal, will be casting their brilliant, colourful glow over the
The use of decorative lanterns to brighten and illuminate Chinese
festivities is said to date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).
Today they are used mainly to mark the end of the New Year's
The Montréal Space for Life, the first space in the world dedicated to humankind and nature, brings
together the Biodôme, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Planetarium.
Together they are committed to preserving and showcasing biodiversity,
and invite local residents and visitors from across Canada and around
the globe to join them in this daring, creative urban movement.
Image with caption: "Gardens of light, Japanese Garden (Montréal Botanical Garden) (Michel Tremblay) - (CNW Group/Espace pour la vie)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120906_C4470_PHOTO_EN_17550.jpg
Image with caption: "Gardens of Light, Chinese Garden (Montréal Botanical Garden) (Michel tremblay) - (CNW Group/Espace pour la vie)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120906_C4470_PHOTO_EN_17548.jpg
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
For further information:
Karine Jalbert, Communications Co-ordinator
514 872-1453/ 514 250-3230
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
514 868-3053/ 514 250-7753