Commissioned by the NCC (National Capital Commission) Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopulos were asked to design a public art piece reflecting the spirit of the winter season to be featured at the Winterlude festival in Ottawa. The Deep Reflection is an investigation into how materiality and form can capture the essence of a season and provide the Winterlude festival with an installation to reflect the spirit of winter. Three polygonal shapes forming a crystal like installation create a series of dramatic reflections through the compounding effect of the geometries and materials utilized.The ambition of the Deep Reflection is to engage viewers with the crisp stillness of the winter season as divergent reflections encapsulate a stationary form.The Deep Reflection has been donated to the NCC (National Capital Commission) and will be on display in Ottawa until the next Winterlude festival.
The Deep Reflection was created with an internal wooden layer of plywood fastened together with piano hinges allowing each polygon a free range of motion until the desired position was achieved. Once the general shape had been created, the polygons were braced with 2'' by 4'' columns from within and fastened to the display base with bolts and nuts. Reflected plexiglass was chosen over glass for the exterior sheathing reducing the chance the installation may shatter upon unforeseen impact. The reflected plexiglass was then adhered to the plywood using spray foam glue and once the edges of the plexiglass were caulked, the Deep Reflection was ready for display.
Client: National Capital Commission of Ottawa
Location: Confederation Park, Ottawa
Artist: Adrian Bica
Production Team: Adrian Bica, Dimitri Karopulos