Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew
The City of Lethbridge issued a call for this work in a three-stage art competition. The selected artist received a commission to design, fabricate and install a significant public art work for a new community art center that was being constructed in downtown Lethbridge. The work was to be a signature element in the main foyer/ reception area of the centre.
Mirrored Earth is an artwork activated by the movement of passersby – the community becoming part of the artwork. It is an abstracted representation of the nearby landscape of coulees. Scattered mirrors react and move to the movement of passersby, evoking the glimmer of sun on water, a flutter of rising birds, the way sunflowers follow the sun’s passage through the sky. The artwork alludes to ideas about perception, about ways of seeing. Mirrored Earth becomes an artwork of shifting imagery that gathers into itself partially abstracted references to sky and the world beyond, to darkness and light, to stillness and motion.