Halo, 2012


Glass, dichroic Glass, stainless steel, concrete base
Collège Bourget de Rigaud, Quebec

Halo has an ethereal presence and is a metaphor for an elusive reality. 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.

Visitors can step inside and become a part of the work, manipulating it. Halo exists beyond its physical boundaries.

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.

The dichroic micro-layer is sandwiched between two 7mm thick tempered laminated plates of glass. These panels are held in place by stainless brackets at the top and bottom. Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides that give the glass dichroic optical properties. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a transmitted colour and a completely different reflected colour, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. This causes an array of colour to be displayed. The colours shift depending on the angle of view.

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