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Chinook Arc is an interactive, illuminated sculpture that reflects our impressions of the Beltline neighborhood as a well defined, confident and vibrant community. The form draws inspiration from the historic Beltline Streetcar loop that once encircled the neighborhood, as well as the Chinook arch phenomenon that periodically blankets the sky. These two identifying boundaries inspired the crisp edges and rounded curves seen in the work. The enclosed space within the sculpture frames the sky and becomes an immersive color environment in the evening. Visitors to Chinook Arc have complete control over the lighting through an optical sensor that projects the movements and colors it sees onto the sculpture. Visitors can wave their hands, move colored objects or play a movie on their cell phones in order to create their own light sequences.
Upon the completion of Chinook Arc, there was an opening event for Barb Scott Memorial Park that also celebrated the sculpture. We have written a blog post that includes more information and photographs that were taken at the event. That blog post can be found at here or in the ‘News’ section of our website.
28' dia x 15' H
steel, acrylic, LED lighting, electronics, touch sensors
Barb Scott Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
City of Calgary
Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock