Ribbon of Light

Cal Anderson Park

About the Artwork

A series of three laminated glass sculptures along a landscaped pathway adjacent to the main trail in the northeast corner of Cal Anderson Park. Inspired by the words of poets impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the artworks of “Ribbon of Light” represent pieces of the sky that have broken into sculptural fragments and fallen to the ground, allowing the illumination of our communal mourning and embodying the ephemeral, changing, and shifting nature of grief. Park visitors are invited to walk along the pathway and encounter the three stations of “Ribbon of Light” that provide places of reflection and contemplation.

The three individual sculptures of stacked laminated glass will be sited on the North section of Cal Anderson Park to create three different moments and experiences.  The three sculptures tentatively titled “Monolith”, “Reverie” and “Lambda” will be embedded in the park environment with additional landscaping and stone elements on the perimeter to enhance intimate experiences.  The sculptural form of each of the shapes has imbued meaning, and messages etched into the layers of glass will facilitate the goals of creating a place for remembrance and reflection.

Horatio Hung-Yan Law portrait

Horatio Hung-Yan Law

Horatio Hung-Yan Law was born in Hong Kong to Chinese parents and moved to the US at age 16. With this multi-cultural background, he has developed an artistic practice whose subjects include the Chinese immigrant’s experience, reinterpretations of cultural icons, trans-cultural adoptions, the Iraq War, and the current culture of consumption. His work often tackles weighty subjects with ephemeral and unexpected materials, creating quiet, conflicting, meditative and evocative works. In studio work, public art, and community residencies, Law deploys common cultural artifacts to explore issues of identity, memory, and the loss and gain of cross-cultural struggle in evolving global community. Horatio Law resides in Portland, Oregon, and was a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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