Montreal’s newest ornamental fountain, in downtown Dorchester Square, is a head-turner.
Ten metres tall, its three cast-aluminum basins are semi-circles, with one side completely flat. From the square, it’s a graceful Victorian-inspired fountain. Seen from the side, it appears to have been sliced in half.
Adding to the quirkiness: affixed to the flat side, two-thirds of the way up, is a 19-inch aluminum statue of a pileated woodpecker, its flaming red crest contrasting with the green fountain.
Nearby, two new footbridges contribute to the whimsical nature of the almost-complete $8.9-million renovation and expansion of the northern part of Dorchester Square, across from the city’s main tourism office and a few steps from Ste-Catherine St.
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