trOmbe - an astonishing installation to be experienced while walking in water at the Montréal Biodôme

MONTREAL, June 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - From June 16 to November 4, the Montréal Space for Life presents trOmbe, a multisensory installation by contemporary artist Richard Purdy at the Montréal Biodôme. Enjoy a breathtaking topsy-turvy experience, umbrella in hand and under a shower of rain, with the sound of rumbling thunder. You will walk in water, in an enormous reflecting mirror , a forest of fir trees suspended over your head.

"The installation trOmbe is made to measure for the Biodôme, and is a wonderful way of marking the 20 years of our house of life," points out Biodôme director Rachel Léger. Montréal Space for Life executive director Charles-Mathieu Brunelle says "It offers an exciting and fascinating reflection on our relationship with nature. In works like this one by Richard Purdy, culture and nature are a single entity. trOmbe plays with our emotions. It allows us to reconnect with nature, to become conscious of the fact that we are part of it."

An eye-opening perspective
Seeing nature in a different way is the aim of artist Richard Purdy. The fir trees and birds reflected in the basin-mirror take visitors on a flight. You have a choice while visiting the exhibition: experience the storm while fully dry, or plunge into it and get wet. Possibly, when the sun light spills through the glass roof, rainbows may tint the installation. Described by critics as one of the most interesting and surprising practitioners of the visual arts in Canada, Richard Purdy has created an immersive work for the Biodôme. He has intended to shift our outlook providing every visitor an intimate and singular experience with nature. Designed for the large hall hosting temporary exhibits, trOmbe produces a disorientation of the best kind - towels and umbrella included!

See differently in the ecosystems
A change of perspective is also provided by the Biodôme ecosystems with special and fun-filled scientific activities that encourage us to take a different look at the nature around us. With the aid of glasses, observe the world like a praying mantis, a wasp, an octopus, a sea star or a chameleon. Also, learn how to recognize a fox, a beaver or an otter by its smell. With all your senses awakened, come and experience nature differently. The Biodôme ecosystems are lush with fauna and flora. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in a few days, the Biodôme is fully committed to the mission of safeguarding biodiversity, and continues to create moving experiences to bring us closer to nature.

The Biodôme is turning 20! Are you?
If you were born in 1992, the Biodôme
is opening its doors to you free of charge
until the end of 2012



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