Social Mixer

Photo of the art Mark Ashby, Social Mixer, 2013

411 Dunsmuir St - SARC Building Lobby

‘Social Mixer’ is a kinetic sculpture consisting of 1500 acrylic mirror fragments. Each piece is attached to a hinge and bridged by bimetallic coils which shift with temperature changes causing subtle movement to occur in the piece. Although subtle, the mirrors shift resulting in co mingling of the reflections of visitors viewing the pieces. The composition is deliberately open ended, embracing the patterns found in the marine and terrestrial context of the Harbour City. It invites viewers to “see themselves” as part of the community of Nanaimo. The piece is unique and captures a modern definition of community. It is also consistent with the green energy goals of the Service and Resource Centre building (SARC).

The artist, Mark Ashby, is a local architect who devotes about 20% of his architectural practice to public art installations. This piece is a one of a kind and was a challenging piece to create.

Photo by Sean Fenzl Photographer, 2020

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