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One Hundred Foot Line

Tucked away behind the National Gallery on Nepean Point is one of the Gallery's more interesting pieces. The massive (100' tall!) assemblage of stainless-steel pipe reaches skyward in a contorted, almost impossibly thin spire.

 

Its million dollar price tag caused the usual kerfuffle over arts spending and the inevitable debate over what is art (apparently anything beyond Old Masters and Renaissance portraits doesn't make the cut). I think it's an amazing piece that creates tension: it appears unbelievably fragile as it reaches skyward searching for something like a tree root searching for water.

 

The day was threatening rain and thunderstorms (not the best time to be standing at the base of a stainless-steel tower) and the angry sky worked as a nice backdrop and provided some interesting reflections and relief on what is normally a blinding reflection of the sun on its polished skin.

 

More info on One Hundred Foot Line by Roxy Paine: www.gallery.ca/roxypaine/en/index.htm

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Taken on August 14, 2011