A 500-pound comet is streaking toward downtown and will be installed above the TNRD Civic Building in mid-December.
According to a Thompson Nicola Regional District report, the light sculpture — dubbed Comet MMXVIII and created by TRU visual-arts professor Donald Lawrence — is being acquired by the Kamloops Art Gallery for its permanent collection.
The report states the piece is representative of the gallery’s rigorous exhibition program and community engagement.
“Installed on top of the TNRD Civic Building, the light sculpture will act as a beacon for our public building, marking it as a significant civic and cultural space in the city,” the report states. “It holds visual interest in the daytime and at night.”
The sculpture was originally created for KAG’s Luminocity exhibition, which was held in October, and was displayed in Riverside Park.
The work combines new and salvaged materials, including LED lights that make up the comet’s tail and bubble wrap creating the nucleus.
The report states research for the sculpture draws in part on Lawrence’s interest in optical devices. Lawrence won the Artist of the Year Award at the 2017 Mayor’s Gala for the Arts Awards.
Kamloops Art Gallery is covering the cost of installation and insurance.
A support structure, transportation and installation will cost $2,000.