Avant la fin: Les ruines du parc d’attractions de l’inventeur québécois Jean Saint-Germain | 2017
This photographic project, installed not far from the open air laboratory of Jean Saint-Germain, is something of an homage to this astounding place, whose remnants many feel could have been preserved. These few images of the site document the nal moments of his most original building, just before its demolition, by the side of an impassive highway.
Opened in 1992, the site sparked the imagination of travellers along Autoroute 20 with its circular, glassed-in restaurant and robot waiter. Other attractions at this unusual site, located in St-Simon-De-Bagot, were an enormous cross, a pyramid, a mini-golf course and a free-fall simulator called «aérodium.” This landmark welcomed thousands of curious onlookers and made international headlines. The park was closed for good in 1999; left abandoned for many years, it was nally demolished in 2015.
The Gagnon-Forest duo, formed by Mathieu Gagnon and Mathilde Forest, create a variety of visual interpretations on themes of abandonment and re-appropriation of vacant spaces. They use photography in a contemplative documentary style, while introducing other elements according to the specificities of the project. Through a creative process often augmented by archival research and public input, they encourage us to imagine alternative uses for abandoned or neglected buildings.