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Soleil de Nuit

Laurent Grasso // 2013

Glass|Neon|Stainless steel
Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre

Photo by Laughing Dog Photography

Soleil de Nuit was created through the City’s Percent for Art policy related to the construction of the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre. Artist Laurent Grasso designed the artwork specifically for Edmonton’s northern location and climate. 

Both elements – the neon letters and faceted stainless steel spheres –relate to the theme of light and false suns, and the creation of artificial climates. A northern city, Edmonton relies on artificial light and heat to survive long winters. 

The light cast by the neon portion of the artwork is a low-intensity orange glow – reminiscent of vintage neon” rather than the intense hues seen now. Light tests were conducted to ensure that people living near the facility will not be impacted by light spillage after dark. The glow cast by the neon is estimated to be of the same intensity as a streetlight.

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre