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Signals Received

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Signals Received


1403 Rue Sainte Élisabeth

H2X 3C5

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Underworld Cabaret

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Project Description

Lighting architect, Ludovic Lefévère reinvents the art of arranging light and space.
For Montreal’s Cabaret Underworld, he was commissioned to create a new visual identity with a dual leitmotiv: Build a special link between the building’s inside and outside by designing signage leading to the entrance, and fulfill the visual requirements of Quartier des spectacles, the organization that oversees projects at venues in the main cultural district of the metropolis.
The owner of this openly underground concert venue faced a problem specific to the location: illuminate a path to the cabaret’s entrance, located on a side street a short walk from the main street, while preserving the alternative image of this legendary Montreal venue.
Innovative artist Ludovic Lefévère devoted his talent to designing a scheme that would be impressive enough to draw the eye all the way to the door of this intimate space.

Here lies the strength of “Received Signals,” a one-of-a-kind accomplishment that combines function with esthetics, an urban environment with a bold lighting scheme, while achieving the effect that the managers wanted.

With this project, the artist seeks to “create lighting scenarios that change depending on the use of the space, as well as develop a relationship and interaction between the users and the lighting environment.”

The light is filtered through an arrangement of perforated plates, which reflect it in the immediate area. During the evening, the lighting evolves in intensity and colors. The reflection of the light off the plates, which themselves filter projected light, evokes a three-dimensional effect where depth perception changes according to the angle of sight.
Through UDO design, Ludovic Lefévère offers to illuminate architectural and urban spaces to create distinctive environments that evolve with the people who use them. Based in Montreal, Canada, he has completed numerous projects, which enable him to adapt to a full range of clients and cultures.

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Photo credits: © 2013 Vincent Bautes
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