DIY Field by Germaine Koh (Leif Norman)
You may have noticed some coloured lights flashing at night in a downtown Winnipeg park. They aren't fireflies or glowsticks. They are part of a brand new art installation.
DIY Field is an interactive light project at the entrance of the newly renovated Central Park. The Winnipeg Arts Council put out the call for artists to send in their ideas. Vancouver artist Germaine Koh was selected by the jury.
"I think what really tickled people is that it is so playful," says Tricia Wasney, manager of public art at the Winnipeg Arts Council. "When art is in the public in this way, the idea is that you must engage with it. We want people to engage with it. It's really fun."
She says the idea was to create a "gateway" to the park, something that would brighten the space on frosty nights in winter and on long evenings in summer. "Lighting for urban parks is certainly an element of mitigating danger but I think more importantly perceived danger is reduced when there are more people out and about. I think the artwork addresses both these elements."
The installation will be officially launched November 15 at 5:30. But it's operational now in case you'd like to try it out.
Keran Sanders interviewed Tricia Wasney on the Weekend Morning Show.
DIY Field (Germaine Koh)
Pictured above right, DIY Field (Leif Norman)