Project 365 – Day 165: Aire Libres in the Gay Village

June 13 2012

Following yesterday’s purple day, today I headed down to the Gay Village to check out the annual summer Aire Libres event along rue Sainte Catherine.

Since 2008, rue Sainte Catherine is closed to cars from Berri through to Papineau during the summer months with pedestrians, terraces, street sales and art exhibits taking the place of cars. Following on from the great reception received last year, Les Boules Roses make a return.

200,000 pink resin balls are strung across the 1 kilometer stretch of Sainte-Catherine from St-Hubert to Papineau. The massive installation was created by landscape architect Claude Cormier (also responsible for designing many other Montreal spaces, including among others; Dorchester Square, Clock Tower Beach, and Place D’Armes).

Rue Sainte Catherine in the Gay Village

Rue Sainte Catherine in the Gay Village

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Canopy of pink baubles along rue Sainte Catherine

Not sure if this is new for this year, but at each end of the closed section of Sainte Catherine street are staircases providing a view above the suspended pink balls.

Staircase providing view above the pink balls

Staircase providing view above the pink balls

View above Les Boules Roses

View above Les Boules Roses

The Montreal Gay Village (referred to locally as Le Village) is the largest in North America, stretching from St-Hubert Street to De Lorimier Street on Saint Catherine Street, and between Sherbrooke Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard on Amherst Street. Having received funding over recent years from all 3 levels of government, Le Village is becoming a thriving neighborhood and has witnessed gentrification of the areas working class origin.

In recognition of being in the heart of Le Village, the Beaudry metro station facade pillars were painted in the Gay and Lesbian Pride rainbow colors when the station was renovated in 1999/2000.

Beaudry Metro entrance

Beaudry Metro entrance

Figure heads

Figure heads

Figure heads

Figure heads

Figure heads

Figure heads

Abstract of giant loungers

Abstract of giant loungers

Abstract of giant chairs

Abstract of giant chairs

A hint of red

A hint of red

Yellow palm tree

Yellow palm tree

Colorful street painting

Colorful street painting

Colorful street painting

Colorful street painting

On the way through Place des Festivals where the Francofolies festival is currently running, I found the Quebec singer Charlebois doing his sound test for tonights show, so I grabbed a quick shot as I wasn’t planning on going to the concert.

Charlebois sound test

Charlebois sound test

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Martin

9 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 165: Aire Libres in the Gay Village

  1. did you go to the top of the mint green staircase? there is a camera mounted to take your photo from the top of the pink balls, and there is a QR code presumably to retrieve your photo. unfortunately i do not have a smart phone and can’t figure out where to find the website. any ideas?? thanks, shannon

  2. Pingback: Project 365 – Day 178: Beaudry Metro station « Montreal in Pictures

Leave a comment, ask me a question or just say Hi :-)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: