Vancouver art installation up for international award

And he needs your help.

One of Vancouver’s newest public works of art is attracting international attention.

Called ‘Walking Spectrum’, the artwork is made up (in the simplest of terms) of colored glass and incorporated into the entrance to the new office building at 601 West Hastings and is one of 100 for the People’s Choice CODAaward. Created by Devon Knowles, the piece was only recently installed when the building was completed.

“The jury voted, selecting the 100 most successful design projects that integrate commissioned art into an interior, architectural or public space,” says CODAworx, the organization behind the awards.

In making “Walking Spectrum,” Knowles used photos she took of the area to inspire the colorful patterns on the glass.

“Knowles intuitively combined site-specific imagery in a kaleidoscope of color, pattern and texture – making this striking permanent installation a tour de force for employees, local residents and passers-by,” states a description of the awards on the room.

Voting takes place from June 20 to June 30. The winners will be announced at the end of August. At the time of publication, no piece had more than 100 votes.

Seven other Canadian coins are in the running for the prize, and the first two voters will win. CODAawards also have categories such as landscape and institutional. North Vancouver Sea Change won in the transportation category last year; it is an interactive light display at a bus interchange.

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