- News about what will be replacing the iconic "Rainbow Balls in Montreal's Gay Village has finally been released.
- If all goes right, an art installation titled "La Tête dans les nuages" will be taking its place this upcoming spring.
After Montreal's Gay Village "Rainbow Balls" were sadly retired at the end of summer 2019, locals have waited impatiently for an announcement about the art installation that would replace it. The Balls, titled "18 Shades of Gay," were originally all in pink but took their now-iconic rainbow shade in 2017, becoming a colourful representation of the pride of the Village and drawing thousands to the stretch of rue Ste-Catherine between avenue Papineau and rue St-Hubert. Now, details about the new art installation are finally out.
According to a report published exclusively by La Presse, the new piece, titled "La Tête dans les nuages" meaning "head in the clouds," will canopy the street. The masterminds behind this piece are two architectural firms, Collectif Escargo and WXY Studio.
It was selected as the winner of an international design contest, which was led by the Société de développement commercial (SDC) du Village.
La Presse reports that the SDC plans for the installation to survive at least five years, meaning pedestrians will get to experience these clouds until 2025 if all goes according to plans.
The news was delivered at Ville-Marie's borough council on the evening of February 11.
In an interview with Radio-Canada, Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau, a local cultural columnist, shared that the piece will take the form of colourful, suspended clouds. So, the Village is about to, yet again, get a whole lot more colourful.
Photos of the installation's prototype will remain confidential until further notice.
La Presse also released the preliminary budget for this upcoming project: $1.4 million.
The installation is set to make its way into the Village officially as of spring 2020. At the moment, the Montreal Fire Department (SIM) and the Montreal Police Department (SPVM) will be working together to test the safety of the art installation, the La Presse report concludes.
If the work manages to pass all of these inspections, it will be turned into a permanent installation.
It's been confirmed that no official comments about the installation will be shared until all the security tests have been completed.
If created properly, the installation will resist all types of weather, like major gusts of wind and the heavy weight of snow.
Needless to say, we hope to see this vibrant new installation become an iconic part of our city as spring rolls around!
Stéfane Campbell, the Director of Communications for SDC du Village, confirmed to MTL Blog that "Official announcement will, therefore, take place in April with Mayor Valerie Plante among speakers at the event."
We have also contacted the borough of Ville-Marie and the architectural firms responsible for the new design for further information. We will add their responses to this article once received.
* This article has been updated.