A gigantic metal ring has been installed in downtown Montreal

Suspended above Montreal is the city’s newest attraction, a gigantic ring of metal that seems to hover between two buildings.

The newly installed ring is a curved tube approximately 30 meters in diameter, and is the final step in a revitalization of the Esplanade Place Ville Marie.

The artwork was announced in April, but was finally put together over the weekend, giving residents and visitors their first look at the ring.

“I think it frames the avenue and the square perfectly,” a pedestrian told CTV News.

“I’m totally a fan,” a Montreal resident told CTV News. “It’s controversial, like any monument that’s just been built, but I really like it.

“I think we’ll get used to it and it’ll become something that really makes Montreal scream.”

The ring weighs 23,000 kg – a stainless steel structure that costs around $5 million, a mixture of taxpayers’ money and private money.

It was designed, says the lead architect, to show the marriage, or union, of the city’s past, present and future.

Through the ring, you can see Mount Royal, McGill University Street and downtown Montreal.

“The idea is actually to try to bring meaning with this piece that would float between two buildings that we couldn’t touch,” Claude Cormier, of Claude Cormier + Associés, said of his firm’s piece. of architecture.

The job is not completely finished, but since the ring was hoisted on Saturday, it has seemed like a blank canvas for visitors looking up. When complete, it will emit a soft light and be illuminated in a celebration that has yet to be announced.

For some, it’s perfectly Montreal, with one resident saying it reminded them of a bagel.

Another resident wearing a McGill sweatshirt said the ring made him think of bigger thoughts.

“There’s also the element of a cycle, because it’s a circle, it makes us think more about sustainability, see the city in a different way,” she told CTV News.

For others, it’s a huge waste of money.

But historically, new monuments have always aroused controversy. When the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889, there was a protest on behalf of despised French taste against the monstrous and unnecessary monument.

And in Chicago, a shiny, curved shape affectionately dubbed “The Bean” was mocked by critics when it was first installed in 2006.

“I’m originally from Chicago,” a man visiting Montreal told CTV News as he stopped to admire the ring. “Yeah, people hated that, and now that’s the main point.”

That’s what designers and city officials hope will happen with this ring: that it becomes valuable to the city.

“I think it captures everything Montreal has to offer — it’s like a lens,” a resident told CTV News. “You see us through this lens, we see Montreal through this lens.

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