I wanted to create a "Sculpture in LIGHT" that fully explored the common saying "ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL". The perimeter measurement of all the 'Neon' components; the 15 degree angle and the 15 inch physical horizontal distance that seperate these seven light elements is identical , as the colors change through seven equal chromatic steps: a RED Triangle, to an ORANGE Square, a YELLOW/ORANGE Pentagon, a YELLOW Hexagon, a GREEN Heptagon, to a BLUE Octagon, through to an INDAGO Circle … The program that daily addresses (illuminates), these 'neon' tubes is the same for 24 hours; then entirely changes for another day's display - for two years total (730 different presentations), before starting over again.
As with the creation of all my architectonic scaled Lumetric Artworks; I coordinate the participation and cooperation of differing engineering disciplines that contribute to its final persona. ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL required the 40-year expertise of a glass-blower and then a twenty year partnership of two electronic experts; who designed, built and programed the solid state CCU … which was remotely installed in the Museum Director's Office - which looked-out upon the Artwork's street level site - which allowed for adjustments and changes to the daily programs. The Engineering Department of the Architectural Firm which had designed the renovation of the Museum, then were engaged to design the minimal (near invisable), support column, that allowed the Sculpture in LIGHT to appear to float beside the sidewalk. The physical support and aesthetic Stainless Steel component construction of ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, engaged the expertise and talent of a Metal Fabricator (Welder), who had work with me on earlier pieces.
ALLNTHINGS BEING EQUAL was installed on permanent display at the busy street corners of Dundas and Beverly Streets in downtown Toronto … at the corner of the Art Gallery of Ontario for over a quarter century.
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