[PHOTOS] Montreal: Place Ville-Marie ring lights up

Nearly three months after its installation, the ring of Place Ville-Marie was finally illuminated with fanfare, Wednesday evening, with a free show presented on this esplanade in downtown Montreal.


[PHOTOS]  Montreal: Place Ville-Marie ring lights up

PHOTO QMI AGENCY, SIDNEY DAGENAIS


[PHOTOS]  Montreal: Place Ville-Marie ring lights up

PHOTO QMI AGENCY, SIDNEY DAGENAIS

Hundreds of people gathered to hear the performances of the artists present on site, including the singers Sarahmée and Ariane Moffat.


[PHOTOS]  Montreal: Place Ville-Marie ring lights up

PHOTO QMI AGENCY, SIDNEY DAGENAIS


[PHOTOS]  Montreal: Place Ville-Marie ring lights up

PHOTO QMI AGENCY, SIDNEY DAGENAIS

The evening also marked the 60e anniversary of Place Ville-Marie, which opened its doors to the public on September 13, 1962.


[PHOTOS]  Montreal: Place Ville-Marie ring lights up

PHOTO QMI AGENCY, SIDNEY DAGENAIS

The giant Place Ville-Marie ring, 30 meters in diameter, was hoisted and installed above the esplanade last June. The work, commissioned by Ivanhoé Cambridge from the firm Claude Cormier + Associés, cost $5 million. Approximately one-third of this amount was paid for by the Government of Quebec’s Strategic Asset Maintenance Fund.

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