KEEPING THE LIGHT

LIGHT KEEPER (2019) by Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett, and Studio North. Commissioned by Waterfront Toronto for Aitken Place Park (Toronto, Canada).


Using light as a sculptural material, LIGHT KEEPER draws from lighthouse lenses and analog projection technology to create waves of rainbow light and a Moon Clock beamed onto the urban porch of Aitken Place Park.

Taking its name from the keepers who maintain lighthouses, the installation speaks to light as a medium for sending messages across vast dark spaces, helping vessels find their way, and signalling danger or change ahead. During the day, the artwork stands as a mirrored obelisk, reflecting the surrounding environment of the park space, awaiting the sunset. After dark, this public artwork illuminates, inviting viewers to bask in its glow.

Designed for a public park on the shore of Lake Ontario, LIGHT KEEPER takes on new meaning against the bright metropolis of Toronto, referencing the disappearance of natural phenomenon from urban spaces.

Spectral waves shift speed in accordance with the wind, measured by an anemometer. The moon changes phases with the moon in the night sky, often unseen above the dense skyline and glow of the city.

Alluding to interspaces between manmade + natural, placemaking + wayfinding, urban + environmental, LIGHT KEEPER attempts to capture and keep the ephemeral light that cities threaten to overwhelm.


ARTISTS + DESIGNERS: Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett, and Studio North

STRUCTURAL FABRICATION: F&D Scene Changes, Reggin Industries

OPTICAL FABRICATION: Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett, and Studio North

ENGINEERING: Entuitive

STRUCTURAL INSTALL: Great Lakes Scenic

COMMISSIONERS: Waterfront Toronto

Special Thanks to the entire team at Studio North (particularly Nick, Damon, and Brighton), Blank Page Studios, the team at Waterfront Toronto (especially our three amazing coordinators), Photon Wizard, Alison Yanota, and our partners and families. The rainbows of LIGHT KEEPER are our humble contribution to the radical inclusivity of public space in Toronto, with a little nod to the LGBTQ2S+ community and all of us who love rainbows.

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