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Monday, May 30, 2016

Noel Harding: Reverb

Reverb is installed adjacent to the General Motors Centre (GM Centre), Durham Region’s premier sports and recreation facility, and the venue of the boxing and weightlifting events of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The work was purchased with the financial support of the RMG Acquisition Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.

The sculpture is impactful, standing at 19’ high. The curved form implies a megaphone, an amphitheater and stage, a net or goal, asReverb reflects the activities that occur in the GM Centre. The ‘blurb’ shapes on the structure represent the fans and are positioned like a rake of seats. A microphone positioned above centre ice inside the GM Centre will transmit a signal to the lights within the steel structure, transforming the sound into coloured beams of light around the sculpture that will be triggered every time the crowd inside cheers.

Reverb is full of meaning and references. The laser cut stainless steel references industrial production and the facets align Oshawa’s history as a port city and as an industrial capital. In addition to celebrating the City’s participation in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the project reflects narratives that have meaning to the community and the public space that the work occupies.

Noel Harding produced video art in the 1970’s, video projection and installation in the 1980’s, kinetic installations and sculpture as theatre in the 1990’s. His work for the last 20 years is in public art where landscape and environment are paramount. In general, his work is an engagement in public urban realities: planning, envisioning, and mapping. He has exhibited and lectured internationally and his work is included in collections at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the City of Amsterdam and the Hara Museum, Tokyo.