Montreal's Gay Village iconic pink balls are getting the rainbow treatment this summer

Apr 11 2017, 4:15 pm

The Gay Village is about to get even more colourful!

Every Montrealer knows that the Gay Village turns into a magical pedestrian paradise each summer. Sainte Catherine Street East is closed to cars between Saint Hubert and Cartier, and a stunning art installation called the Pink Balls hangs above the street.

This year, however, the architect behind the Pink Balls, Claude Cormier, is planning to try something a little different.

As per usual, the installation will feature roughly 180,000 balls and will open at the beginning of May.

However, rather than the one-tone pink hue, this year will feature a rainbow design made up of 18 vibrant colours.

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Cormier rejected the 6 colours of the gay pride flag, and instead has produced 18 colour variations of the balls to be suspended above Sainte Catherine Street East.


The project is titled “18 Shades of Gay,” so keep an eye out for this colourful installation coming soon!

Get your Instagram ready.


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