In January 2017, Sheridan faculty members Douglas Donald and Claire Ironside began to develop a proposal for a site-specific artwork for the Creativity Commons on the second floor of Hazel McCallion Campus’ new B-Wing.
They started by developing a list of objectives for the project to ensure that their proposal would respond to the unique character of the space and the wider Sheridan community.
- Design with a core team of students, faculty and staff from various programs with complementary skill sets (expand team during the design/fabrication process as necessary).
- Fabricate as much of the project as possible using Sheridan infrastructure and expertise.
- Conceptually and technologically bridge the analogue and digital to showcase Sheridan’s traditional and evolving nature, i.e.) “tradigital.”
- Be cost, time and resource effective, i.e.) conceptualize a method of representing the College/all disciplines without overly taxing students and faculty.
- Represent and connect entire Sheridan community.
Directed by these objectives, the Work in Progress team generated an initial concept.
- Sculpture composed of interconnected polygons. The number of polygons = the number of programs, degrees, diplomas and certificates at Sheridan.
- Sheridan brand pattern etched onto polygon surfaces.
- ‘Farkles’ at points of intersection.
- Truncation apertures (spaces between polygons) covered by orange acrylic.
- Sheridan branded platform with creativity quotations. Wheels on underside allow artwork to be moved when needed and re-registered to projectors upon return.
- Visual imagery mapped to surface (“creativity portal”) showcasing creative processes across Sheridan on an ongoing basis.