Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Enclosed Space in Brookfield Place

@ArtsBrookfield commissioned the installation of approximately 3,000 anodized aluminum rods, each topped with a shiny, half sphere, by artist Scott Massey. It doesn't flow as much as the real thing in the enclosed space, but it was inspired by a wheat field.
The Vancouver based artist produced a site-specific exhibition called Enclosed Field that takes over several parts of the Allen Lambert Galleria. The 48 inch rods are anchored with a blob of metal that sustains their tall, ordered placement on the floor while still allowing the rods to move in response to pedestrian movement. The use of high recycled content and the importance of sustainability were high factors in the design of the work.
"Massey was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s series of paintings The Wheat Field, which captured the ever changing rhythms of light and colour in the fields of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. Sensitive to the Galleria’s inherent dialogues with changing atmospheric light conditions, Massey’s installation is responsive to the effects of the ambient light and movement from passersby. The smooth, gold surface of the anodized rods, with their polished dome tips, mirrors the changing light’s many moods. Depending on the time of day or the weather outside, the coloration of the rods may shift from pale metallic to an intense, vibrant gold."

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