- Client: Brookfield Properties
- Site: Brookfield Place, Toronto
- Role: Artist
- Collaborators: FLUXworx (fabricator);
Blackwell Engineering (engineer);
PVW Consultants (producer)
Frost is a 20-foot tall, 3000-pound interactive sculpture designed to illuminate Brookfield Place for the festive season, along with Gust, its companion piece. The work is inspired by the Santiago Calatrava-designed architecture of the surrounding Galleria, the geometry of a single snowflake, and the allure of a freshly frosted-over window pane.
As with Gust, Frost takes uses the iconic “y”-shaped structural members of the Allen Lambert Galleria as the starting point of its design. The original architecture is inspired by fractal patterns in nature. The Snowfall series adapts this form, repeating and rotating it, to create a new crystalline “snowflake” structure.
Interaction and Technology
Frost uses cutting-edge technology to interact with the space and its audience in a number of different ways.
- The sculpture is internally illuminated with an array of color-changing LED panels.
- The sculpture is responds to physical touch. When viewer’s hand runs across the sculpture, it leaves a momentary streak of color. The interaction evokes the effect of writing on a frosted window pane.
- The sculpture is networked to the lighting of the galleria. When a user casts a streak of light on the surface of the structure, she can do the same across the entire space.