A two-meter sphere made of stainless steel and decorative glass; Transect was designed by award winning glass artists Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock, of Firebrand Glass Studio in Black Diamond, Alberta. Their vision was to combine past and present, depicting Edmonton's history as a process and celebrating the journey that led Edmonton to where it is today.
The hand-crafted blue decorative glass circles act as "windows", with some left clear to frame the present moments happening around the sculpture. Within the colored rings historical images and symbols are featured, selected from the Provincial Archives of Alberta to highlight Alberta's history. To bring the images to life on glass, the artists worked closely with the Goldray Glass design team. Firstly, the images were printed onto a high-resolution film, which was then laminated between the colored glass lites. With this method, Goldray achieved vibrancy, while making the glass durable enough for an exterior application. Once installed, the intricate steel structure supports and connects each window, a nod to the connections and collaboration that exists within the community.
The completed sphere uses a combination of color and imagery to enliven the area and draw visitor's in for a closer look. Commissioned by The Places, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and by the Government of Canada,