In this permanent installation, the walls of a typical meeting room, are transformed to mirror the mental process of research that takes place within its confines.
Installed at The Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia, e’loo-me-nem is constructed of an array of aluminum panels.
Project Year
8’ x 16’
Aluminum, Paint
UBC, Vancouver, BC Canada
Commissioned By
PWIAS – UBC Vancouver
Project Status
The entire installation appears as a gradient of colours achieved through placing 48 interlocking vertical strips of coated aluminum, separated by bare aluminum reveals that run vertically.
Detail from the left wall
Detail from the gap
Detail from left wall
Upon closer inspection, the gaps appear as free flowing lines that run parallel to one another, separating each of the panels. These lines were hand-drawn by the artist, on the walls of the room and were later reproduced as the path for cutting the metal.
The colour of the panels can be read, from left to right, beginning with an indistinct greyness, used as a metaphor to refer to the beginning stages of research.
The colours progress from grey to blue as we move to the right, indicating initial findings and sporadic clues.
At the corner of the room, the panels turn black, marking a point of saturation, where all available information has been utilized, beyond which adding more information to the process will be redundant.
Turning the corner and moving along the second wall, the tones lighten progressively, alluding to the distilling and refinement of information which helps resolve the research, ultimately arriving at a bright illuminating yellow.
Detail from the right wall