With this ring: Montreal’s PVM celebrates 60th anniversary

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Architect Claude Cormier’s The Ring was lit up Wednesday for the primary time in celebration of Place Ville Marie’s sixtieth anniversary.

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The 23-tonne construction, which is 30 metres in diameter, is suspended between two buildings on the prime of the steps of the primary entrance to the Place Ville Marie esplanade.

The festivities Wednesday included the lighting of the ring and musical performances by Ariane Moffatt, Sarahmée and CRi.

Montreal Gazette photographer Allen McInnis snapped these pictures on the occasion.

Place Ville Marie celebrated 60 years on the skyline of Montreal, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

A pole dancer dressed in a long, flowing white gown performs as the ring is lit up during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
A pole dancer wearing a protracted, flowing white robe performs because the ring is lit up throughout an occasion to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

A pole dancer dressed in a long, flowing white gown performs as the ring is lit up during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
A pole dancer wearing a protracted, flowing white robe performs because the ring is lit up throughout an occasion to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Ariane Moffatt plays piano on a stage lifted to the centre of the ring during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
Ariane Moffatt performs piano on a stage lifted to the centre of the ring throughout an occasion to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Circus performers entertain the crowd during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
Circus performers entertain the gang throughout an occasion to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Place Ville Marie, in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

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