“I hope the work inspires people to take a minute off their screens and to take in the world around them. The small details: subtle shifts of light, subtle shifts of colour. These small things that transform the world around us.” Artist Aliya Orr
Shimmer Time,’ a 90-metre sculptural light artwork was unveiled at the Lonsdale Quay Bus Exchange in the City of North Vancouver on June 30, 2021.
The shifting lights that move along the undulating paneled sculpture welcomes SeaBus riders to North Vancouver. Hidden lights above the panels are on a 12 minute looped sequence, reflecting the average crossing between Vancouver and North Vancouver.
The sculpture has been treated with a light-reactive holographic pigment that mirrors and symbolizes sunshine reflecting over the water.
It was late morning when I first viewed “Shimmer Time.” Between bus movements, I captured the lights scattering across the panels. I felt a meditative quality amidst the energy of a world in transit. The ebb and flow of movement, the dynamics of change, the state of impermanence.