Toronto based artist Brian Groombridge has developed his own visual language of signs and symbols that he incorporates into his two and three-dimensional wall and floor constructions.
Based on 15th century iconography, Groombridge’s 1990 sculpture consists of two-dimensional images presented in the three-dimensional form of a billboard. Copper and stainless-steel panels create a checkerboard-patterned structure which is surrounded by a latticework of exposed square tubing. Each of the steel plates contains an image of an androgynous figure, one juggling and one playing a musical instrument. The use of copper in the piece refers to the metal’s importance within modern systems of communication to relay messages.
Marking an entrance to the Centre for Fine Arts, the structure relates to the film, dance, and theatre activities that occur within the building and complements the architecture of the Commons. This work was commissioned from the artist in 1991.