18 Shades of Gay
18 Shades of Gay
Montréal (Québec), Canada

1km long linear installation suspended above the pedestrian axis of Sainte-Catherine Street East in Montreal.

For the 2017 edition of Aires Libres, Pink Balls has been transformed to become a pastel promenade inspired by the rainbow flag of the LGBTQI community. A succession of six principal colours, each in three distinct hues, combine to form an experience of 18 shades across 180,000 recycled plastic balls. Two sizes of balls are attached on tensor wires and suspended above the street and through the trees. The rhythm and tangle of nuance combine to become an unbroken 1 km long chromatic ribbon, vibrant both day and night, above the summer pedestrian axis of Sainte-Catherine Street East, in the Gay Village of Montreal between St-Hubert Street (Metro Station Berri) and Cartier Street (Metro Station Papineau).

18 Shades of Gay celebrates the evolving spectrum of LGBTQI community identities – plural, diverse, inclusive and nuanced. In the context of the 35th anniversary of the Village, the 10th edition of Aires Libres, the 1st edition of Pride Canada in Montréal, and the 375th anniversary of the City of Montreal, this transformation had the imperative to be all the more flamboyant!

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

2020
Award of Excellence – National Urban Design awards – Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – Urban Fragments Category

2018
Architecture – Temporary/Demonstration Award of Merit and People’s choice – AZ Awards (Azure)

Year
2017-2019

Status
Built

Categories
Installation
Streetscape
Photo - Our American Dream, 2017 - www.ouramericandream.fr - facebook.com/ouramericandream - instagram et twitter/ouramdream
Plan - CC+A
Photo - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - JF Savaria
Concept, 18 Shades of Gay - CC+A
Photomontage - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - JF Savaria
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Our American Dream, 2017 - www.ouramericandream.fr - facebook.com/ouramericandream - instagram et twitter/ouramdream
Photo - Claude Benatar, Instagram (poisson_pisces)
Photo - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Albert Zablit
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Albert Zablit
Photo - Albert Zablit
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - Jean-Michael Seminaro
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - Raphaël Thibodeau
Photo - JF Savaria
Video of 18 Shades of Gay, Drone aerial view by @azulrossetti
Render, Aerial View - CC+A
Render, Axonometric View - CC+A
Render, Aerial View - CC+A
Photo, Color Samples - CC+A
Photo, Balls Workshop - CC+A
Photo, Balls Workshop - CC+A
Photo, Balls Workshop - CC+A
Photo, Balls Workshop - CC+A
Photo, Balls Workshop - CC+A