Located in the open public plaza, and suspended from the north wall of the elevator shaft, arboreus (after Rodchenko) consists of large, translucent glass panels painted with a digitally manipulated image of a giant, first-growth tree. The image quite literally reflects on the historic logging industry of Lynn Valley bringing back a ghostly image of the area’s original forest landscape. But, this could also be the tree of knowledge, located – appropriately – at the library, a place where new technologies for the transmission of knowledge often create a tension between reality and imagination. During the day this monumental glass slide responds differently to the shifting intensities of natural light, subtly transforming the quality of the image.
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