Ribbon of Light

Cal Anderson Park

About the Artwork

A series of three human-scale laminated glass sculptures will be placed along a landscaped pathway adjacent to the main trail on the North edge of Cal Anderson Park. Inspired by the words of poets impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the artwork “Ribbon of Light” represents a piece of the sky that have fallen to the ground and broken into large and small sculptural fragments, allowing the illumination of our communal mourning and embodies the ephemeral, changing and shifting nature of grief. The park visitor will be invited to walk along a pathway (adjacent and meandering to the main concrete path) and encounter the three stations of “Ribbon of Light” that will 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”, “Serpentine” and “Lambda” will be approximately embedded in the park environment and “Serpentine” and “Lambda” will have stone seating on the perimeter of the gravel base to encourage intimate experiences.  The sculptural form of each of the shapes has imbued meaning, and the possibility of additional messages to be etched into the layers of glass further demonstrate the goals to create a physical 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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