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Camouflage View

Take a lovely view and hide it. This installation in a forest is about concealment and camouflage. It involves disguising an object in plain sight by confusing foreground and background visual fields, a common strategy in animal camouflage. In this case, the installation conceals the prized view of the St. Lawrence River from the garden itself.

The installation revolves around a twenty-foot long corrugated, mirror-finish, stainless steel screen wall. The garden around the piece is seen in the reflections of its surface but also through the pattern of openings cut into it. As people and objects move around the piece, their image is displaced, distorted and animated as they circulate around to uncover the view on the other side.

  • Location
    Grand-Métis, Quebec, Canada
  • Year
    2005
  • Client
    Competition winner, International Garden Festival Reford Gardens/Jardins de Métis
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