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.
The lenses and optical mechanisms used for LIGHT KEEPER were created in-house by Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett, and Studio North. When it comes right down to it, we were always going to have to tune the optics of LIGHT KEEPER onsite in Toronto. The distance from the lens to the concrete, the angle of the moon as it moves, the speed the rainbows cross the concrete, the specific wiring, the final programming – all of this needed to be done onsite at night, carefully tailored to the geometries and environment of the surrounding park.
Drawing from lighthouse lenses and analog projection technologies, LIGHT KEEPER deconstructs traditional optics to create a moon clock, rainbow waves, and a prism tower in Aitken Place Park.
The site of LIGHT KEEPER is a new public park space on the post-industrial shoreline of Toronto. According to Waterfront Toronto, “Aitken Place Park will be a multi-purpose space connecting Bayside to the broader East Bayfront community. The park will include places for children and pets to play, as well as quiet spots to relax…