THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE (Public Art)
The plaza at the Vancouver Public Library is just about the last place you’d expect to see a an 18-foot-tall proclamation in lights: THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE.
A text-based public art installation by artist Ron Terada, the piece references the days when signs were grand statements, or as the artist says, “landmarks in their own right.” Surprisingly, Vancouver, too, was once known for its neon lights, and by juxtaposing this artwork with a public library, passers-by (and even puzzled residents) are given opportunity to ascribe their own meaning to how we use language.
The sign is big and bold, but neon has given way to LED—1,280 nodes, to be precise. Eos collaborated with the artist to meet time and budget constraints and to be ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Eos worked with artist, Ron Terada, to develop the concept, after which we provided design detailing, prototype mock-ups, then fabricated and programmed the installation.
Today, the sign is still a showstopper, with its programmed sequence of lights and ambiguous meaning.