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Ottawa Art Gallery illuminates Mackenzie King Bridge with interactive art

October 24, 2018

Press Release

Ottawa – ON – October 24th 2018 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) invites members of the public and media teams to celebrate the launch of the OAG commissioned light installation Ascension by The Latest Artists, locals Andrew and Deborah O’Malley. Two years in the making, 150 feet long and supported by Solotech and Ontario 150, this major public art commission illuminates Mackenzie King Bridge.

Ascension is an LED wave graph that provides OAG with a bright promenade leading the public to the Gallery’s entrance at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. The increasing intensity of the waves’ modulation, as they approach the front door, mimics the highs and lows of OAG’s history: from the seed planted for a municipal art gallery in the mid-1960s, to its new facility, inaugurated in 2018. The permanent interactive work invites the public into the fold, as lights bounce along the graph in playful pursuit of passersby. Light-based art has evolved with the technology, from incandescent lighting and neon sculptures to the use of LEDs in recent new-media practices. Ascension is one of 11 art commissions the OAG launched during its inaugural year.

Launch details

Launch of the OAG-commissioned light installation Ascension by The Latest Artists.
Enjoy canapés and beverages as we celebrate this major work.

Free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
3PM to 6PM
Speeches at 4:30PM

Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge Lobby

About The Latest Artists
The Latest Artists (Andrew and Deborah O’Malley) are a collaborative, creative couple. As a dynamic duo, they engage in a variety of multi-media artistic projects.

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For media enquiries, or to book an interview with the artists:
Véronique Couillard
Ottawa Art Gallery
613-233-8699, x244

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.


OAG is Open from 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday | from 10 AM to 9 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is always FREE.