Sunday, November 6, 2011

Toronto Eaton Centre unveils permanent public art display, Slipstream

From a media release:

Toronto Eaton Centre unveils permanent public art display, Slipstream

TORONTO - The show stopping public art display was unveiled on October 1st, 2011 as part of Nuit Blanche. Engineered and fabricated in Canada by Montreal-based Lumid and designed by UK-based United Visual Artists, Slipstream will remain a permanent fixture in the popular cultural institution. 

About Slipstream
• The animation of Slipstream changes in response to the movement of the sun throughout the day and local meteorological factors, such as wind speed
• At night, as light animates from within the centre, a momentum is created as impulses of light shift and stream throughout the installation
• It is a 135-metre long light sculpture consisting of 70 Prisms suspended delicately in tension along the axis of the iconic Toronto Eaton Centre galleria
• Tensegrity wires hold the sculpture in place, their orientation echoing and extending the geometry of the prisms themselves
• Each successive prism is rotated by one degree to create a single gesture of motion
• The Slipstream project took more than 5,000 hours to install
• Eight riggers worked for five months on the project

Slipstream is 100 per cent Canadian made by Lumid

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