A Thousand Logs in Montréal

Logs in the street

Residents of Montréal woke up to a torrent of logs in one of their main streets last week.

The art installation, conceived and produced by architectural firm, KANVA, is called 560 KM. It consists of one thousand logs scattered along the pedestrian zone on Sainte-Catherine Street in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, in a metaphorical representation of river driving, the 19th century method of moving timber down Quebec’s rivers.

560 KM owes its name to the length of the St. Maurice River, the last Quebec river used for floating log booms before the practice ended in 1996.

The installation is only brief. It opened on 5 May and ends on 29 May.

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All wood used for the installation (12- to 16-foot logs, each about 1 foot in diameter) comes from the West Brome sawmill. It has FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) environmental certification, indicating that the wood comes from responsibly managed forests. After the work is disassembled, all logs will be returned to the sawmill for processing into useful products.

Photo: Ulysse Lemerise / OSA Images

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