La Foule Illuminee (The Illuminated Crowd)

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Flickr pic by Lloyd Gross

originally uploaded as fotoproze

Location: Avenue McGill College, Montreal, Canada.
Sculpture by Raymond Mason, clay(?), 1985

“A crowd has gathered, facing a light, an illumination brought about by a fire, an event, an ideology – or an ideal. The strong light casts shadows, and as the light moves toward the back and diminishes, the mood degenerates; rowdiness, disorder and violence occur, showing the fragile nature of man. Illumination, hope, involvement, hilarity, irritation, fear, illness, violence, murder and death – the flow of man’s emotion through space.” – Raymond Mason, The Illuminated Crowd (sculpture and words, 1985, Montreal)

“On the surface, of course, are the immediate reactions to an immediate, transfixing event. Mason’s sculpture is all but a pre-enactment of photos like…(the 911 tragedy). But Mason had more in mind than a crowd merely gaping at a disaster; it seems to me he was also driving at the repercussions over time of the fire, event, ideology — or the fiery ideological event. As the description implies, you find expressions of despair, rage, fear, and finally acts of violence as you walk along the side of the sculpture group…” -Thomas Nephew (newsrackblog)

Sculpture view Fronting BNP Bank (pic source: newsrackblog)

Detail Shot by Chuck Welch


One response to “La Foule Illuminee (The Illuminated Crowd)

  1. It’s not clay. It’s polyurethane. It lights up from the inside; clay would likely be too thick to cast the sort of high-contrast shadows this sculpture achieves.

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