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Holy Mountain: A city’s landmark or a spirtual experience?

Holy Mountain: A city’s landmark or a spirtual experience?

Holy Mountain: A city’s landmark or a spirtual experience?

Holy Mountain is a new interactive web documentary that looks at our relationship with the sacred through the city’s landmark, Mount Royal (aka the Mountain).

I think it’s safe to assume that everyone who lives in Montreal has some sort of connection to the Mountain – Sunday afternoons at the Tam-Tams, a picnic at Beaver Lake with the family, or maybe group hike or solitary bike ride. But are you aware of all the sacred icons that call the Mountain home? From the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery to the statue of La Renommée (aka The Angel) – not to mention the famous illuminated cross at the summit – Mount Royal is filled with religious symbols and has been the site of many varied spiritual experiences.

When you arrive at the web site, you see the Mountain removed from its urban context. Designers Philippe Archontakis and Nicolas S. Roy used progressive 3D imagery to make it float in the air – a microcosm that invites exploration. Here, you will discover the remarkable people who populate the Mountain, along with its secret spaces and its incredible history.

Each of the project’s 6 zones includes video clips and photos that tell stories that are both moving and surprising. New content is uploaded to the site every 2 weeks for an eventual total of about 50 different segments.

Want to participate in the project? It’s easy!

Just call 1 877 55 SOUVENIR and record a story or memory related to the Mountain on our voicemail box. Your messages will be broadcast on the site, forming part of its soundtrack.

Visit today and explore Mount Royal in a whole new way.

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  1. I’ve been walking up and down Mount Royal for a long time. Each walk starts with a different mood, but soon they all focus in on one recurring daydream. How Frederic Law Olmsted must have felt while surveying and scaping this park. Unlike Central Park, which was a swamp,pig stie, and dumping ground, before it was a park, Mount Royal was already a work of natural art. If ever a sculptor releasing the statue from a stone had a easy job… (All due respect to the laborers who marched up and down laying stone and gravel noted, of course). What he did was make the Mountains’ beauty easilly accessible to us, every bend in the road inviting you futher on, every sudden over look a picture perfect view of our city. When I walk on his road and see the sign “Olmsted Road”, I say “Thanks Fred, your work continues to bring peace and sanctuary to generations of Montrealers, your own decendants amongst them”. What an extraordinary way to contribute to metro-evolution.

    The heart of the city IS Mount Royal!

    Sincerely, James Olmsted and family.

    — James Olmsted,

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