Tartan is a three-dimensional transformation of the District of Mission tartan, a theme that reflects the identity and history of the city, with a colour palette that represents elements readily perceived in the surroundings. The artwork comprises over 5,500 tinted plexiglass pieces, each 2”x2”, interlocked together to form a 30”x30”x30” cube. It is then hung on top of a steel tandem pole in scale and alignment with the street lamps along First Avenue. Lighting and signage are also integrated. The public art project is part of the Mission Downtown Revitalization Plan. It offers different visual experiences at different times of day and vantage points, thereby transforming a widened sidewalk area in front of a shopping mall into a gathering place.
In translating the two-dimensional textile art into a three-dimensional form, we want to avoid a mere extrusion or surface application of a flat pattern. Various experiments had been conducted. The physics of a tesseract (a three-dimensional representation of our four-dimensional reality) was also studied. In the end, it was only by conceiving a way to weave colours as the hyper-dimension beyond three-dimensional space that brought about the final resolution. A toy from the 1950s called House Of Cards and Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi movie Interstellar (2014) have served as inspirations to the physical construct of the sculpture.
Commissioned by: District of Mission
Project Team: Imu Chan; Yang Yu
Collages, Photographs and Text by: Imu Chan
1/2 scale model by: Imu Chan, Sandra Gans, Yang Yu
3D Model by: Yang Yu
Location: First Avenue, Downtown Mission
Completion: In progress