Montréal Space for Life Invites Everyone to Immerse Themselves in the Glittering World of Fireflies With Bearers of Light

MONTRÉAL, June 16 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Space for Life invites visitors to become Bearers of Light and learn all about fireflies' luminous language thanks to an all-new interactive multimedia installation at the Montréal Insectarium from June 20 to August 30. What better way to celebrate the International Year of Light than by enjoying an original immersive experience with virtual fireflies?

Inspired by light, art and science
Bearers of Light is the work of artistic director Mathieu Le Sourd and Étienne Paquette, two multimedia artists who designed and built the installation in co-operation with the Insectarium team. They used industrial materials to fashion an immersive environment where luminous flowers evoke the natural phenomenon of luminescence, an indispensable part of fireflies' language. The experience will become especially magical as visitors immerse themselves in denser foliage and become part of the fireflies' glittering ballet. And as they manipulate the laser beams, they will create their own sound and light show, becoming Bearers of Light.

The artists
Since 2005, Mathieu Le Sourd has focused on creating immersive performances, physical interactive devices and real-time audiovisual systems. Étienne Paquette has worked for a number of years as a designer, scriptwriter and director, creating narrative environments and interactive multimedia installations for audiovisual experiences and museum exhibitions.

Understanding how light is produced in nature
To complete the Bearers of Light experience, join experts from the Insectarium elsewhere in the museum for a special presentation on bioluminescence. They'll explain the chemical process that lets fireflies produce light.

Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

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For further information: Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator, Montréal Space for Life,, 514 868-3053; IXION Communications / Judith Dubeau,, 514 495-8176


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