Camera obscura installation set atop Paramount Theatre

A new art installation, related to exhibits currently on display at the Kamloops Art Gallery, is now available for public tours at the Paramount Theatre.

Donald Lawrence's Paramount Camera Obscura has been installed over the front entrance of the Paramount Theatre at Victoria St. and Fifth Avenue.

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Camera obscura is Latin for "darkened chamber" — a device that projects an upside-down image onto a surface inside the box.

The outside exhibit is part of Lawrence's Kamloops Art Gallery exhibit currently on across the street, called Casting the Eye Adrift.

Reflecting the artist's interest in the connection between urban and "wilderness" cultures, the structure is designed to look like a rustic camping shelter.

Inside the camera obscura are vintage theatre seats directed at the projected image.

Guided tours are available for two people at a time or family groups up to three people.

They will be held on Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. through September.

Visitors are asked to bring a mask and be aware that sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be in place.

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