Unveiling the Connected City
In this modern era, connectivity is more significant than ever before: both physically and digitally. Urban communities are forever searching for ways to increase access to information and communication and seeking solutions for sustainable mobility. Bayview Yards captured this in a custom piece of artwork designed for the City of Ottawa. The piece illustrates the concept of a smart, connected city in which urbanized challenges are met with advanced technological solutions and modern transportation. It commemorates the introduction and expansion of OC Transpo’s O-Train, a light rail transit system that connects the nation’s capital. Titled The Connected City, the team at the Bayview Yards Prototyping Lab (BYPL) collaborated to create this unique sculpture.
The design began with a silhouette sketch of the city of Ottawa, incorporating notable elements such as Parliament Hill, the Peace Tower, OC Transpo’s O-train and other buildings within the city skyline. Circuit boards were then incorporated throughout the design to add visual interest through repetition of parallel line work. Intricate formations of triangular patterns represent digital clouds while referencing the Bayview Yards branding. Industrial materials were selected in keeping with the urban theme.
The Graphic Designer manipulated the drawing using a software tool and then adjusted the design to create an illustration that would allow the team to cut the aluminum using the CNC Water Jet.
This industrial machine uses a high-pressure jet stream of water and a mixture of an abrasive substance to penetrate dense and thick material such as metal, stone, etc. Though this machine is powerful, it can execute detailed cuts with precession and ease. The fabricator finished the metalwork by lightly sanded the surface to produce a brushed texture.
Red plexiglass was fitted behind various cut-outs throughout the piece to add colour and visual interest that was in-keeping with the iconic OC Transpo branding. Metal dowels were then fitted to the back of the artwork so that once installed, the silhouette floated from the wall.
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