With rainbows becoming a symbol of hope and solidarity throughout Montreal amid the pandemic, it seems fitting that The Village’s iconic decorative rainbow balls will play a hand in helping small businesses.
The Village Montreal is selling all remaining inventory from Claude Cormier’s iconic rainbow balls decoration. Initially planned as a sale to go towards Ste. Catherines summertime boutique, proceeds will create an emergency fund for The Village’s struggling merchants.
“One hundred per cent of the funds collected will be redistributed to the merchants in need,” reads the boul arc-en-ciel website.
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Each order contains 54 rainbow balls in one colour along with a kit to install them on a string. There are six different colours to choose from and each order comes in three different shades.
Buyers will receive dates to pick up the balls by email. “For public safety reasons, we must proceed with the distribution of the purchased balls sparingly and in accordance with the sanitary rules put in place by the various levels of the government,” states the site.
Orders of rainbow balls cost $100 and come in a variety of colours to choose from including orange, yellow, pink, green, blue, and purple.
Buyers should note that organizers urge that the balls are not to be used in any form of commercial or public use as it is “strictly forbidden.”
In September 2019, after colouring The Village for nine years, the 180,000 ball decoration was permanently retired.
Since 2011, the installation, dubbed “18 Shades of Gay” by landscape architect Claude Cormier has become a landmark in the city’s gay village.