Public Art Registry
RGB
Photo: ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
RGB by Michael Lin - photo by ISHOT.ca - copyright 2018
1108 Pendrell Street
Central Presbyterian Church
The artwork consists of fritted glass that wraps around all four elevations of the building
Private development
2018
Glass
Site-integrated work
In place
Central Presbyterian Church
Description of work

Michael Lin uses the glass cladding of the church as a coloured canvas, aligning itself to the history of stained glass windows in places of worship. The artwork title “RGB” refers to the additive model of reproducing colours with light (red, green, and blue). The three colours can also be seen to symbolize the Trinity. A fritted glass pattern comprised of over 1,000 crosses on each large panel of glass are repeated across the windows of the church facility. Nine different intuitive arrangements of crosses, three arrangements for each of the three colours, create an overall, organic, swarming pattern. The architecture appears porous as light passes through the windows and the shadows of the crosses spill across the interior surfaces.

Artist statement

The simple unadorned cross was chosen to create a pattern in order to de-emphasize its form. With over one thousand crosses on each large panel of glass and approximately two hundred thousand crosses that cover the windows of the CPC, each individual cross becomes the building block or pixels that creates a larger whole. Along with the intuitive arrangements of the crosses, which create a contrast to the rigid grid of the building, these organic swarms of crosses seek to visually erode the architecture making it more porous, almost formless, allowing for a gentler interface with its surroundings.

Similar to ambient music, with an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over structure and rhythm, “RGB” seeks to reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of the Central Presbyterian Church and the surrounding West End community.

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