ROOF LINE GARDEN
Musée de la civilisation, Québec City, Québec 2018
commercial barrier tape, steel frame, net
Barricade tape is a ubiquitous, man-made material, typically used to delineate a perimeter and keep people out, but in Roof Line Garden it invites people in, to inhabit an immersive environment. Occupying the rooftop terrace of the Musée de la Civilization, and visible from the street, the installation reinterprets the roofline of the museum, which itself reference the roofs of Old Québec City.
Thousands of strands of tape are suspended from a triangulated metal framework with a stretched net as armature, creating a canopy of colourful lines. The experience of Roof Line Garden changes with the intensity of light and wind, as it can be kinetic or calm. This transformation is both visual and auditory, as the tape’s movement varies from a quiet stir to a vigorous rustle.
The project is a reinterpretation of Line Garden which was installed at Reford Gardens/Jardins de Métis, in Grand Métis, Québec, from 2014-2018.