A New Replacement for the Village’s Multicolored Balls

boules multicolores du village

Last fall, the Village’s multicolored balls were removed for good. Since 2011, this floating tapestry had given a new identity to the neighbourhood. We even included it in almost all of our exterior renderings of Le Bourbon, to show its significance in our urban scenery.

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Saucy & Controversial Slogans

 

This winter, the Société de développement commercial (SDC) du Village stirred up controversy by placing billboards with daring slogans. Some of them had messages such as : “J’aime quand tu viens” (I like it when you come), and “Drag-moi où tu veux” (Drag me where you want), which seemed to convey stereotypes on the LGBTQ+ community. The SDC du Village reacted swiftly, removing the most controversial slogans. We can still find some plays on words such as “Beau de jour, belle de nuit” (Handsome by day, pretty by night) and “L’avenir sera rose” (The future is pink).

All in all, these slogans are temporary. They don’t replace the famous pink and multicolored balls designed by landscape architect Claude Cormier.

Instead, a more ambitious expo called “La Tête dans les nuages” (The Head in the Clouds) will take over Sainte Catherine Street.

A Clouded Sky

These cones, connected by metal cables, will represent “drops or clouds” to the eyes of pedestrians, on the Village’s main street between St-Hubert and Papineau. The cabling used for the multicolored balls will be kept, as it has been there without any issues since 2011.

This idea is rooted in the collaboration between two architecture firms: Collectif Escargo (Québec) and WXY Studio (New York). They won an international design contest organized by the SDC du Village.

Here’s a glimpse of the new expo, obtained in the City of Montréal’s archives:

la tête dans les nuages
City of Montréal’s archives

Next time you take a stroll on Sainte-Catherine E, will you have the head in the clouds? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

See Pictures of Last Week’s Fête de Quartier

fête de quartier parc charles-s.-campbell

The Village has plenty of activities for everyone, whether it’s families, groups of friends or friendly neighbors.

On Tuesday August 13th, Le Bourbon was one of the proud sponsors of the 8th annual Fête de quartier at the Charles-S.-Campbell Park. It was a beautiful sunny day, with corn and BBQ, animation for all ages, inflatable games, petanque, music and circus acts.

It was a free and ecofriendly event.

The Charles-S.-Campbell Park is situated just behind the Bourbon’s construction site, between Champlain and Alexandre-DeSève streets. It’s a peaceful haven, a natural environment where you can breathe fresh air in the heart of the Village.

Charles Sandwith Campbell was a wealthy patron of the arts, and his fortune has helped build parks just like this one. His inheritance has also financed free music shows in Montreal’s parks since the 1920s.

Here are a few pictures of the Fête de quartier.

 

 

fête de quartier parc charles-s.-campbell

*All claims made on this website are subject to change, and depend on the season, location and other factors.

 

Le Bourbon Sponsors David Farsi’s Mural at the MTL en Arts Festival

David Farsi Bleu Ciel MTL en Arts

Le Bourbon Condos is a proud sponsor of David Farsi’s “Bleu Ciel”, the flagship activity of the MTL en Arts festival, created with the help of the public, from June 26th to July 1st 2019. An internationally renowned artist, Farsi lives and works in the Village, creating a fantastic world which makes viewers dream and project themselves into intangible spaces.

For six days, local residents and international tourists alike were able to take part in the 80-foot long progressive mural, reiterating the role of art as a meeting point rather than a process that occurs behind closed doors. 

 

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“The event lets me meet people and have fun. I’m also given a large outdoor workshop, an 80-foot canvas in a different environment,” he said in a recent interview with Baron Mag.

Festival-goers also admired a hundred miniature paintings representing the visual artist’s creativity, which evoke hints of surrealism akin to the likes of Salvador Dalí. Farsi’s naive drawing, in his strong and very personal style, showcases colours and materials, offering an original perspective to viewers.

Formally trained in applied arts and crafts at the Boulle school in Paris, David Farsi has a sensitivity for quality of materials. Some of his more known works include Les Glaces, a temporary installation in Bernard Street in Outremont in 2016, and La comédie du monde, ombres et lumières at the TOHU in 2018.

A Living Cultural Hub

This collaborative creation is now part of the Village’s landscape, just beside the construction site of Le Bourbon, which is due to be completed by Spring 2020.

This 20th edition of the public art festival was held on Sainte-Catherine street, between St-Hubert and Champlain. MTL en Art is part of Aires Libres, the cultural pedestrianization of over one kilometer in the commercial artery, a joint initiative from the Commercial Development Corporation of the Village and the Ville-Marie Borough. 

The Village is a very culturally active neighborhood, and a fertile ground for creation and interaction with the public. Le Bourbon is proud to promote arts in its community, as this cultural wealth will be a part of its future residents’ environment. The nine-story luxury condo building is located on the pedestrian sector of the commercial artery and at the heart of the outdoor festivals that breathe life into the area all summer long.

Four parts of this unique creation were sold to collectors, and a part of the proceeds were donated to Opération Enfant Soleil to promote quality pediatrics for all children in Quebec.

This project was made possible thanks to our support, in collaboration with our developer MTL Développement.

*All claims made on this website are subject to change, and depend on the season, location and other factors.