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Plain-Chant by 1024 Architecture

September 23, 2013 | By francecanadaculture Ottawa

The French Embassy in Ottawa and the National Capital Commission (NCC) are pleased to present Plain Chant, an interactive light and sound installation created by the French creative label 1024 Architecture at Nepean Point to mark the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s passage in Canada’s Capital Region.

Plain-Chant uses lighting and sound effects to showcase the statue of Samuel de Champlain. During the day, visitors will be able to access a viewing platform at the base of the statue to "meet" Samuel de Champlain and enjoy a unique view of the surrounding landscape. In the evening, a light and sound spectacle will be presented every 15 minutes. Between pre-synchronized shows, visitors will be invited to connect with Champlain with their words, songs, odes or poems using the onsite microphone. Then the magic begins as the lighting system will go into interactive mode and react to visitors’ voices.

The installation will be presented at Nepean Point, behind the National Gallery of Canada on September 19 and 20, continuous loop from 7pm to 11pm and on September 21, continuous loop from 7pm to 4am for Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau.

Internationally renowned French artists from 1024 Architecture have created this brilliant light and sound installation. They envisioned an interactive and architectural lighting installation that responds to voice commands. In addition to their many projects, they regularly participate in the Festival of Lights in Lyon and the Festival Nuit Blanche in Paris.


This original creation was developed by the French creative agency 1024 Architecture. Founded by Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel in 2008, this agency likes to mix architecture, images, sound, and light and they succeed with flying colours when it comes to blurring the line between real spaces and virtual ones. This artistic identity has already won over a number of cities around the world and earned the agency international renown.

Champlain is not only an iconic figure in Canadian history, but also a significant symbol of the bond between France and Canada and between the French and Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Since January 2013, more than thirty governmental and regional organizations have presented a series of cultural, historical and touristic activities to mark this important milestone in our history. The website provides up-to-date information on events planned in the region.