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Camouflage View

Camouflage View plays with the art of camouflage, the disguising of an object or person. It conceals and is itself concealed. By blurring the distinctions between foreground and background, between object and site, this elegant wall melts into the verdant landscape. Formed of angled steel fins, the object functions both as a mirror, creating ever-changing patterns of light and shadow, and as an obstacle. The designers have placed their work so as to completely block the view of the St. Lawrence, in contrast to what the topography of the site itself would normally inspire. At once seductive and mysterious, the installation beckons visitors to approach while it simultaneously dissolves. The reflective patterns change dramatically with one's movement and thus incite the visitor to circle the wall and find the camouflaged view. The reward for this exploration is a bench, an intimate space to sit and view the seascape.

Architect: Aranda/Lasch Benjamin Aranda, Chris Lasch

Years of exhibition: 2005, 2006, 2007

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