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One Hundred Foot Line

Ottawa, Canada
  • Photo credit: Ken Lund / Flickr Creative Commons.

This permanent public sculpture is located on Nepean Point, a hill in downtown Ottawa just east of the National Gallery of Canada. Overlooking the Ottawa River, the stainless-steel sculpture references the capital city’s proximity to nature and its industrial context within the region.

  • Photo credit: Roxy Paine and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.
  • Photo credit: Roxy Paine and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.
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One Hundred Foot Line is an example of the artist’s interest in trees and in creating sinuous structures from industrial materials. Though its form resembles a bare tree trunk, the sculpture is made from pipes that are commonly used in manufacturing and heavy industry.

A series of intensive tests were conducted to ensure the site’s suitability in terms of environmental conditions and public safety. Silman worked closely with a local wind engineer (RWDI) to ensure that the structure could withstand the wind and ice conditions of the harsh Ottawa winter. Silman also designed the crucial base that connects the steel pipes to their concrete foundation.

One Hundred Foot Line is an example of the artist’s interest in trees and in creating sinuous structures from industrial materials. Though its form resembles a bare tree trunk, the sculpture is made from pipes that are commonly used in manufacturing and heavy industry.

A series of intensive tests were conducted to ensure the site’s suitability in terms of environmental conditions and public safety. Silman worked closely with a local wind engineer (RWDI) to ensure that the structure could withstand the wind and ice conditions of the harsh Ottawa winter. Silman also designed the crucial base that connects the steel pipes to their concrete foundation.

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