24/7 (Please note that there is no public access inside the building. Public viewing of the work is from the exterior only. A map is included in the gallery above.)
Torrie Groening has created this specially commissioned photographic collage mural for the central five-storey facade of the Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre, the newest facility at Vancouver General Hospital. Culled from her collection of jewel-toned glass objects and augmented by flea market finds and borrowed treasures, this giant-sized still life creates a spectrum of colour that is projected into the building in the afternoon and glows at night in a building-sized lightbox.
Like large photographic slides, the transparent panels of Study for Colour Seekers, The Colour Collector’s Way are mounted to a series of glass walkways that make up one wall of the internal atrium. The murals transform the hallways with the changing light, and from inside, patients and staff will be able to experience a “colour walk” as the sun projects the art into the building and onto a light-coloured floor. Groening’s quirky still life images often include unlikely but not impossible juxtapositions. With colour, comfort, and curiosity leading, objects were chosen for their familiarity or for their particular presence.
Each of the 35, 5 x 8-foot glass panels are a composition created in colour stages. Patients and staff inside are able to examine objects in detail over a 40-foot, colour-changing walkway mural, while viewers outside see an expanded version as colour spectrums spanning up to five floors.