The Ring set to become Montréal’s newest icon

Daniel Bromberg

As a proud native of Montreal, Daniel channels his education in history and his work as a tour guide, writer, and photographer to share his love affair with the city. His passions include the local street art scene, sipping an allongé at a local cafe, discovering new green alleys, biking, and reading at home.

This article was updated on June 9, 2022.

The revitalization and rebirth of downtown Montréal was given a sudden boost with the recent announcement and arrival of The Ring, a 30-meter wide steel circle suspended above the newly redesigned staircase to the Esplanade Place Ville Marie. In an effort to return the site to its original vocation as a gathering place in the central business district – and conceived as a means to add to the city’s vibrancy, spirit and resilience – The Ring is a shining example of the shared connection between Montreal, its citizens, and its visitors, as both residents and tourists return to the city centre.

This bold and visionary art installation is the final piece of the five-year, $200 million revitalization project of Place Ville Marie that saw the complete redesign of its Esplanade, as well as the opening of gourmet food hall Le Cathcart. The Ring took nearly two years to complete, involving a multidisciplinary team of talented individuals from both Montréal and Trois-Rivières that collaborated closely to create a symbolic structure in the heart of Québec’s largest metropolis.

 

 

The Ring itself serves as a window to more than 200 years of history, establishing a direct line of view from The Queen Elizabeth Hotel and Esplanade PVM to McGill University, the former Royal Victoria Hospital, and Mount Royal. And in a touch of Montréal flair, The Ring’s evening illumination will mirror that of the Mount Royal Cross, further symbolizing the historic bond of the built heritage along this important axis in Montréal’s downtown core – particularly as the REM project advances and McGill College Avenue prepares to undergo its own ‘green’ transformation in the coming years.

Designed by award-winning landscape architects Claude Cormier + Associés, The Ring is the latest project from the same team behind other impressive urban renewal projects in Montréal such as the Pink Balls and 18 Shades of Gay in the Village, the Clock Tower Beach in the Old Port of Montreal, the stairs and fountain at the northern end of Dorchester Square, and the Lipstick Forest inside the Palais des congrès.

Financial assistance for the project came from Tourisme Montréal’s Fonds de maintien des actifs stratégiques en tourisme (FMAST) as well as from the Government of Quebec and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

Daniel Bromberg

As a proud native of Montreal, Daniel channels his education in history and his work as a tour guide, writer, and photographer to share his love affair with the city. His passions include the local street art scene, sipping an allongé at a local cafe, discovering new green alleys, biking, and reading at home.

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