Northern Radiance
Jan 20
Jan 29 2023
exhibition in-person

‘Northern Radiance’ is a parametric art installation by Asli Alin in which both mirrored and iridescent colour effect surfaces are combined. The installation invites viewers to move around and explore it from different angles, stimulating their curiosity and active engagement.

Inspired by the inherent intelligence displayed in nature’s architectural systems, ‘Northern Radiance’ mimics nature’s ability to create complex structures using simple elements. The artwork represents growth, and the connections made by smaller units assembling to form larger and stronger structures.

The audience will observe a crystal form which offers a visually immersive experience caused by the sculpture’s reflective surfaces and transforming translucency. During the daytime or with artificial ambient lighting, the mirror coated faces capture and reflect the elements found within the surrounding environment, while the surfaces coated with iridescent film change colours depending on the angle they are being viewed from. Mirrored faces reflecting the viewers, incorporate those reflected into the overall composition. In the dark or night time, the mirror outline disappears in favour of a see-through ‘infinity room’ effect that is to be seen within. The living transformation of the work invites the audience for observations both day and night.

DesignTO x Yonge + St. Clair

‘Northern Radiance’ is one of 6 projects in the Yonge + St. Clair BIA, a dynamic neighbourhood in midtown Toronto. During the DesignTO Festival, you are invited to explore the area while checking out the large-scale installations.

On Saturday, January 28, join us for ‘DesignTO Tours: Stop. Look. Think.‘ featuring Asli Alin, D.A.R. Proyectos, and Lauren Pirie.


Asli Alin


Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Denis Ivashnikov
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