A giant ring will soon dominate Avenue McGill College in downtown Montreal. the ringa stainless steel tube 30 meters in diameter will be suspended above the Esplanade PVM of Place Ville Marie, representing “a gateway to the city center”, according to Ivanhoé Cambridge, owner of Place Ville-Marie .
At the foot of the visual corridor to McGill College, it could frame the view of the eastern slope of Mount Royal and the Mount Royal Cross. the ring will also feature dim lighting, which Ivanhoé Cambridge says will further connect it to the illuminated cross and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
The art installation is designed by the architectural firm Claude Cormier + Associés and will be installed in June.
Its erection comes at a turning point for downtown Montreal.
After two years of remote working and pandemic-related closures, officials are trying again to make downtown a destination and entice workers back to its office towers. Financial support for the ring comes in part from Tourisme Montréal and the Government of Quebec’s “I love working downtown” campaign.
Avenue Mcgill College is also about to undergo a transformation. The multi-lane automobile thoroughfare will become a public plaza and green space named after local jazz legend Oscar Peterson. The addition of a REM station will also make the region a transit node.
“A monumental installation like the ring will have the power to attract visitors and will crown all the efforts made over the past two years,” declared the Minister Delegate for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, in a press release.