The skies above Montreal in Quebec have turned rainbow with a vibrant installation by landscape architecture and urban design firm Claude Cormier + Associés strung above Montréal’s gay village as part of the Aires Libres festival.
Claude Cormier + Associés enhances the sky above St Catherine’s Street, in Montréal, Québec, with eighteen hues of vibrant colors for his 2017 work titled 18 Shades of Gay. The installation created in collaboration with SDU du Village and the Ville-Marie Borough, is part of Aires Libres (free areas), an annual festival held in Montréal’s gay village.
The artwork’s 1 kilometer span is made up of 180,000 resin-colored balls organised in an 18 tone sequence, each represented by an equal 10,000 spheres. The redesigned canopy stems from Claude Cormier’s earlier work Boules Roses, a similar artwork installed in this location back in 2011. As the name implies, the earlier version contained the same resin balls all painted a uniform pink. With changes in the local atmosphere and the community — the art must adapt as well.
Cormier describes the evolution of his artwork stating, “As gay culture evolves and the LGBT 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…”
Color Walk, the term used to describe this specific element of the Aires Libres festival, refers not only to Cormier’s work, but the overall curatorial changes along the traffic-less street to enhance the pedestrian experiences.
Claude Cormier + Associés is a landscape architecture and urban design team dedicated to transforming and enhancing a space. 18 Shades of Gay adds another exciting dimension to a visitor’s unfolding journey down St Catherine Street.