Halo

Submitted by Catherine Widgery

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Project

Client: Collège Bourget de Rigaud

Location: Quebec, Canada

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $85,000

Project Team

Artist

Catherine Widgery

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Isadore Michas

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Franz Knoll

NCK Engineering

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Linda Lambert

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Michel Dubreuil

Overview

Halo has an ethereal presence and is a metaphor for an elusive reality while at the same time an interactive place for the children to gather and play with their own reflections and their surroundings. Visitors can step inside and become a part of the work, manipulating it. Halo exists beyond its physical boundaries. Glass, dichroic Glass, stainless steel, concrete base. Built for the grounds of the elementary school Collège Bourget de Rigaud, eight panels 24cm wide stand vertically in a two meter diameter circle. Each glass panel is 240cm tall. They turn to create a variety of configurations.

Goals

The school and I wanted a work that would engage the children so they could understand art in a new way, not just something that sat as a separate inanimate object. It is visually mysterious, changing with the light and the viewer's perspective, at times almost disappearing. As an object in space it reflects, refracts and projects light, color and image. The viewer interacts simply by coming close and seeing bits of reflection and the disjointed reflections of the surroundings. The panels turn with a touch of a hand fragmenting the world around. Halo is a meditation on the nature of physical reality as revealed through light, challenging our perceptions.

Process

This is an example of a project where the client, artist and fabricator wanted to make it happen with the understanding that no one would be making money on this so funding was gathered and we all worked together, with special thanks to the Peters Studio for the glass and Dominique Rolland , Président-directeur général of the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal for his organization and of the project and funding.