Past Present Future

Submitted by Markian Olynyk

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Client: HSBC Bank Canada

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Completion date: 2006

Project Team

Artist

Markian Olynyk

Markian Olynyk

Art Consultant

Wendy Watson

Wendy Watson

Overview

This glass mural is located adjacent to the staircase, allowing detailed viewing from top to bottom. It is 12' wide x 30' high, floats 1½” off the wall and is mounted on hidden hardware. Fabricated from reflective/silvered glass, it requires no back-lighting.

Goals

Researching company archives, I discovered a fascinating assortment of themes and images which helped to inspire the work. Continents and oceans provide a global context for the images which illustrate the past, present and future of HSBC. From an original current accounts ledger to the cryptic language of computer binary code, the mural provides a glimpse into the storied history of HSBC.

Process

As a team, we determined that a literal approach would be best for this project. The public enjoys exploring the work, discovering a multitude of interesting and unknown facts about the company.