Chinook Arc

Chinook Arc
Provides soft compound curves as a response to it's urban architectural landscape.
Chinook Arc
The continual play between the interior and exterior presents opportunities for exploration and new visual discovery.
Chinook Arc
Touch sensitive lighting components give the sculpture an emotive, perceptual character similar to a living organism.
Chinook Arc
Like a cloud that has set down in an urban park.
Chinook Arc
Chinook Arc
Chinook Arc
Chinook Arc
Chinook Arc
Chinook Arc
  • In →
  • Acrylic,
  • Interactive,
  • LED,
  • Outdoor

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.

Status:
completed, 2014

Dimensions:
28' dia x 15' H

Materials:
steel, acrylic, LED lighting, electronics, touch sensors

Location:
Barb Scott Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Commissioning Agency:
City of Calgary

Artist:
Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock