Panya Clark Espinal

Meeting, 2010 (installation view)

Meeting, 2010 (installation view)

Meeting, 2010 (installation view)

Meeting, 2010 (installation view)

Meeting, 2010 (installation view)

Meeting, 2010 (installation view)

Meeting, 2010

Public Art Commission
for Toronto Transit commission

powder-coated washers bolted to perforated aluminum panel; overall dimension 2.5 x 40 feet

Meeting focuses on themes of mapping destinations, global integration and the continuous passage between people in the city. The visual design plays with sculptural units on a grid, mimicking the optical mechanics of digital reproduction in a physically tangible way. The iconographic stripes and concentric circles suggest both ancient symbols and contemporary way-finding systems, in keeping with the sculpture’s location above a transit shelter. They also reference late abstract expressionist paintings, in a nod to the movement’s proposal for a universal language of form and colour at a time when globalization was taking root in the 1960s.