This public art project at 980 Howe Street challenges the existing mono-chromatics of downtown Vancouver. In a city known for architecture of greys and muted greens and blues, the resulting mass of buildings often appear monolithic and somber, with only the occasional splash of colour. When these colours do occur, they can seem jarringly too powerful and unresponsive to changes in our special light and weather.

The project introduces four colour-changing bands of dichroic glass into the curtain wall of a new office building. These delicate lines are integrated into the southeast and southwest facades to bring nuances of shifting colour to viewers. During the day, hues are affected by climatic and light modulations in the sky. At night, however, various animated light shows emerge from the lines, offering a surprising sequence of colours and shapes.

The setting of the light sequences was done in collaboration with EOS Lightmedia.