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Interactive sculpture 'Frost' arrives at NAC

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Via NAC[/caption] _ (Via NAC) _ ** January 12, 2018– OTTAWA (Canada) ** – The National Arts Centre is delighted to announce the installation of _ Frost _ , a 6.1-metre interactive sculpture that will illuminate the National Arts Centre’s Canal Foyer throughout the winter. _ Frost _ is inspired by architecture, the geometry of a single snowflake, and the allure of a freshly frosted-over window pane.


A fractal is a repeating pattern that is seen in many natural and human-made objects. Artist-team Studio F Minus took that concept and applied it to the construction of a snowflake. They began by isolating a single “Y” shape, a dominant architectural feature in the Santiago Calatrava-designed building for which the artwork was commissioned. Then by repeating and rotating that shape, the artists created a unique crystalline structure.


Visitors are encouraged to touch _ Frost _ and enjoy its interactive effects. For example, by running your hand along the sculpture, you will see that you cast a shadow in the field of light, the same way you leave a trail when drawing on a frosted window with your finger. _ Frost _ arrives on the heels of _ Cloud, _ a tremendously popular interactive sculpture of 6,000 light bulbs in the shape of a cloud, by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. It came to the NAC Canal Foyer as part of the _ Canada Scene _ festival. _ _ In addition, in the coming months the NAC will be re-installing its art collection, which has been in storage during the NAC’s Architectural Rejuvenation Project. Works includes the Glenn Gould CD318 piano (now in place), the Jessie Oonark Tapestry, _ Musica _ by Leonardo Nierman, and _ Clan Unity _ by Dempsey Bob, among many others. ** ABOUT THE CREATORS ** Studio F Minus is the collaborative of artists/architects Mitchell F Chan and Brad Hindson, working with a network of world-class engineers, fabricators, and technologists to create large-scale art projects for broad public audiences. Since its founding in 2008, Studio F Minus has been commissioned to produce major public artworks for cities across Canada and has exhibited installation works in galleries and museums internationally. Mitchell F Chan and Brad Hindson live and work in Toronto, Ontario. _ Frost _ was commissioned by Brookfield Place Toronto.


Credits: Brad Hindson & Mitchell F Chan, Artists; PVW Consultants, Producers; FLUXWORX, Fabricators; Blackwell, Engineering Consulting; Nicholas Stedman, Electrical Design Fabrication; Rob King, Coding.