The fifth anniversary of the Creative Spaces summer event highlights the creation of a pedestrian mall on St. Catherine, between St-Hubert and Papineau streets. Taking place until September 16, the event offers an opportunity for the instigator of the project, the Société de développement commercial du Village (SDCV), in collaboration with the Ville-Marie borough, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of Montreal’s Gay Village. The spaces will open up for the display of creative installations and art exhibitions. More information on the event after the break.
“Aires Libres is an original way for retailers, residents, and visitors to appropriate an urban space through creative activities,” summarizes Bernard Plante, executive director of SDCV. And when it comes to creativity, SDCV has the means to match its ambitions, with a team of designers recognized for both their talent and their artistic fibre.
Landscape architect Claude Cormier needs no introduction, as his many interventions have marked the Montreal landscape with touches of fantasy and humanity. His works include the forest of pink trees at the Palais des congrès and the urban beach at Place de l’Horloge in the Old Port. He returns to the Village this year with his pink ball-ribbon unfurled for a kilometre above St. Catherine Street, bringing, as he says, “colour, freshness, and happiness.”
Cormier’s long-time partner, lighting designer Gilles Arpin (who designed the architectural lighting for the Old Port) has created a light beam grazing the suspended installation so that it will offer the same perspective at night as during the day. Text Credit: As seen on v2com.biz