The building is clear in parts showing three Ottawa landscapes behind it, a starry sky over the river, Place du Portage from the Parkway and Parliament Hill. Beginning with the super fast elevator the composition rises through orders of rational scientific, religious moralistic and idealized images of capital to a final conflagration of conflicted interests on the top floor, all set against a calm nighttime sky.
This is a transitional work and is more connected to my late 80’s Nova Scotia Landscapes, like Ice on the Northwest Arm and Saint Anne’s Bay from Englishtown, than to the later Government Building works like The Pearson Building (all that is high will come down low) or The Kingston Penitentiary. The work is a favourite of mine, because its so loaded. I’ve not attempted such a broadly metaphorical work since. The work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.
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