Montréal’s 18 Shades Of Gay
Claude Cormier + Associés, a landscape architecture and urban design firm, has pedestrians looking up at the sky on St. Catherine’s Street, in beautiful Montréal. Their installation 18 Shades Of Gay with its 18 hues of vibrant colors, is a contribution to the city’s Aires Libres Festival held in the Gay Village.
The canopy spans the entire street for a mile and is made up of 180,000 resin-colored balls organized in an 18-tone sequence, each represented by an equal 10,000 spheres. That’s 180,000 hanging balls!
Artist/Designer Claude Cormier states the the evolution of his work:
“As Gay Culture evolves and the LGBTQ community becomes more nuanced, as attested by the addition of new letters, the diversity of tones to a redefined resin-ball canopy was an indisputable artistic choice… also, the concept of ’18 shades of gay’ is to some degree a reflection of this ongoing evolution…”
“The Color Walk” is the term Cormier uses to describe this part of the Aires Libres Festival, just part of several curated changes to the street that is closed to all traffic, making it a desirable place to hang-out and for the community to share. This year marks the 10th year of the Aires Libres Festival and 35th anniversary of Montréal’s Gay Village.
The seamless transitions between the colored segments is made possible by intermingling colored, strands of the colored balls. 150 weeping willow trees were also installed along the street.
The installation is in collaboration between Claude Cormier + Associés, SDU Du Village, the Ville-Marie borough, and the Aires Libres Festival.
Photographs courtesy of Claude Cormier + Associés. Here is a link to their website for more: Claude Cormier.