Yesterday at 11:00 AM, Spectrum SQ hosted a wonderful event celebrating Canada’s 150th! Spectrum SQ invited local residents and employees of all ages to join in its, commemorating Canada’s past, present and future. The exciting grand art reveal took place on Tuesday, June 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Spectrum SQ’s Water Feature, bringing community together in celebration of the national pride and love for the arts. The unveiling of the art piece kicked off the Faces Of Canada contest where shoppers were encouraged to take a picture with the installation and post it to their personal social media channels!
“First of all, I had an amazing time designing this piece, it was really fun! I wanted to design something interesting but also attractive.” Kanchan Quinlin says in her acceptance speech.
This interactive installation captures what it truly means to be Canadian. The design is inspired by the maple leaf, which is Canada’s national symbol. An abstract version of the maple leaf, comprising of multiple geometric shapes hovers above the forest of maple trees.
The focal point of the design is the maple tree that protrudes its branches up and roots outward to provide support and beauty to the structure. The use of materials including maple wood and the traditional colours of red, white and grey all intertwined with the concept of the maple leaf collectively define Canada’s history and heritage.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary, the installation also features 150 words chosen by Canadians that describe what “My Canada Is…” These words capture our land’s unity, pride, and natural beauty. The future of Canada is its diversity. This notion is illustrated by the towering mirrored panels, which reflect the Canadian people and the generations to come as they approach the installation.
The movement under and around the hovering maple leaf is meant to create a dynamic yet contemplative experience for the visitors. This space allows all Canadians to identify with their homeland.
Quinlan is not only an artist but also an architect. She received her BA from the University of Toronto and has since worked in several architectural positions. She received a Masters of Architecture in 2013 and has since been working in the Architectural field.
“Kanchan Quinlan’s #CANADA150 art installation came in first out of six amazing applications, It was really difficult to decide the winner.” Says Nidhi Gaur of Spectrum SQ Team.
The installation will remain a permanent piece at the Spectrum Square complex at: Spectrum SQ, Water Feature, 5023 Spectrum Way, ON L4W 0E4. Check it out anytime and make sure you take a picture with the beautiful piece!