Germaine Koh, DIY Field, Ellice and Edmonton, Nov 15 2011

DIY Field 2011

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

Germaine Koh website

“DIY Field is an interactive grid of 38 pedestrian-scale light posts on a sloped piece of ground in Winnipeg’s Central Park. In keeping with the themes of play developed throughout the park, each post’s light and colour is controllable by park users, creating a flexible field that is configurable by individuals for emergent game play and other uses.

Each simple metal post contains energy-efficient RGB (red, green, blue) LED lights with three robust buttons to turn each colour channel on and off separately. Combinations of the three primary colours permit eight light colours per post: red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta, white, and no light.

The poles recall game- and sports equipment such as pylons, slalom markers, goal posts, and signaling devices. They minimally articulate a space that is otherwise left open for the public to animate and invent uses. Besides creating a situation for play by giving users and residents a measure of control over the character and mood of the space, the project also communicates a vision of public space that is shaped by how it is used and negotiated by citizens in real life, as much by how it is planned.”

Grand opening on Nov 15 2011.

(photos by Leif Norman

commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council)

Push the buttons, and the lights change colour!

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Arts Council Annual General Report 2011, cover photo by Leif Norman

 

Winnipeg Arts Council Annual General Report 2011, numerous inside photos by Leif Norman

 

Winnipeg Arts Council Annual General Report 2011, Top Left photo by Leif Norman, Natasha Torres Garner’s “a way in” dance piece

 

Germaine Koh’s DIY Field on the cover of Galleries West Magazine Spring 2013, photo by Leif Norman

 

 

 

Red Green Blue Yellow Purple White

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

 

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

On Nov 15 2011 there was an opening ceremony for the DIY Field

 

Cookies and a Coffee on a cold night!

 

 

Laird Rankin, Chair, Winnipeg Arts Council, and Harvey Smith, Winnipeg City Councillor for Daniel McIntyre

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

 

Germaine Koh, Kenny Boyce, Trish Wasny

 

 

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, permanent public commission for Central Park, Winnipeg.

 

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011 Winnipeg

 

 

A fair sized crowd gathered on a cold night

 

 

 

 

Robert Enright inspects the Public Art closely

 

Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011 Winnipeg

 

 

 

 

I tried to make the lights spell out Dee Eye Why. ( D I Y ) It sort of worked.

 

 

 

Jeremy Williamez on the Shaw patrol

 

 

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