Looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors in Toronto during the winter holidays? The Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place opens up the former theme park grounds to a series of installations designed to engage visitors and bring light to the city during dark winter months.
Eighteen pieces throughout the landscape include Obscura, a colourful interactive installation designed and built by third year Master of Architecture students John Nguyen, Anton Skorishchenko, Stephen Baik, and Robert Lee. Built and fabricated in the Daniels Faculty's workshop, the piece was among those selected for display by a jury guided by the curatorial theme "Disruptive Engagement."
Obscura is an interactive installation that explores the contrast between light vs. darkness using two/three-dimensional geometry. The Human eye is unable to distinguish two/three-dimensional space in darkness. Obscura plays on this shortcoming by introducing an installation that makes use of the darkness at night to reveal a three-dimensional creation of space, while in the daytime, two-dimensional space is created. As visitors look through the front triangle of the first iteration, a series of twirling forms will create the illusion of seamlessly flowing from one frame to another. Visitors can proceed to travel in-between each of the frames to discover how simple geometry in combination with darkness and light can define and create a new dichotomy to experience and understand space.
Obscura is not the only work by the students that will be brightening Toronto's landscape this winter. Nguyen, Baik, Skorishchenko and fellow student Abubakr Bajaman, together with Assistant Professor Victor Perez-Amado recently learned that they won a spot in the fifth annual 2019 Winter Stations exhibition along Toronto's Woodbine Beach. Their proposal, Calvalcade, is one of 5 installations that will appear on Toronto's waterfront in February.
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