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02.27.20 – Daniels Faculty designers build a light-filled "cocoon" for Ontario Place

Ontario Place, the former amusement park on Toronto's downtown lakeshore, is currently hosting the third-annual edition of its Winter Light Exhibition, a public art showcase.

The curatorial theme of this year's exhibition is "Cocoon." Daniels Faculty assistant professor Victor Perez-Amado, along with MArch students Anton Skorishchenko, Robert Lee, and Shamim Khedri, banded together to produce their own take on that concept: a glowing sculptural installation that's meant to fool the eye.

Lumina is a tunnel made up of a series of brightly coloured ellipse-like forms, all crafted using equipment in the Daniels Faculty's Digital Fabrication Lab. A hidden system of LED black lights illuminates the surfaces of the ellipses, causing them to glow with an iridescent pinkish light. When a visitor walks up to the installation and peers inside, the interior geometry appears to shift and rearrange itself as they view it from different perspectives. The effect is like being enveloped in a tiny world — a cocoon.

A first-person view of Lumina's interior.

This isn't the first time the Daniels Faculty has been represented at the Winter Light Exhibition. Last year, a group of MArch students, including Skorishchenko and Lee, created an installation called Obscura.

Lumina will remain on view at this year's Winter Light Exhibition until March 29. For details and hours, visit the Ontario Place website.

Photographs by Yasmin Al-Samarrai.