Pink Balls
Pink Balls
Montreal (Quebec), Canada

What better than 170,000 pink balls suspended high in the air to enliven Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street East as it transforms for the summer into a pedestrian mall? The plastic balls, in three different sizes and five subtle shades of pink, are strung together with bracing wire, crisscrossing the street and stretching through tree branches at varying heights. Not only is the visual impact delightful, but the artificial pink foliage modulates and plays with the light as pedestrians amble the length of the installation, which extends a full 1 kilometres between St-Hubert and Papineau Streets.

Pink balls, designed as part of Aires Libres, is sure to keep all who stroll through the Village this summer…in the pink!

Client
Société de développement commercial - SDC du Village

Collaboration
Éclairage Public, Gilles Arpin; Rig-Rite Productions; Les Productions du Grand Bambou; Les Services exp inc.

Area
1 km (length)

Awards

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
National Honour / new directions – Pink Balls, Montreal

Facteur D
Landscape Architecture Award – Pink Balls, Montreal

Phénicia
Gay Chamber of commerce of Québec – International influence award– Pink Balls, Montréal

Year
2011-2012

Status
Built

Categories
Installation
Streetscape
Aerial view, Guillaume Paradis, CC+A, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, CC+A, 2011
Photo, CC+A, 2011
Photo, CC+A, 2011
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Photo, Marc Cramer, 2012
Aerial view 1, location, CC+A
Conceptual scheme, CC+A
Aerial view 2, location, CC+A
Photo, Memorama by Daily tous les jours, 2012
Photo, Memorama by Daily tous les jours, 2012
Photo, Memorama by Daily tous les jours, 2012
Les Boules roses by Ubique Media
Video stills from Les Boules Roses by UbiqueMedia, 2011
Photo, under construction, CC+A, 2012
Photo, under construction, CC+A, 2012
Photo, under construction, CC+A, 2012
Photo, under construction, CC+A, 2012
Photo, under construction, CC+A, 2012
Photo, under construction, CC+A, 2012