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Projection art to evoke summer in February

Computer engineer Tarik Sayeed plans on illuminating cold February nights by projecting lighted art images along the 200 block of Main Street. This will be part of the One World Multicultural Festival taking place all this month.
February 06, 2014 - 9:29 AM

PENTICTON - A local artist plans on bringing some summer cheer to the dark month of February with projectors, local artists and the co-operation of those owning buildings on the 200 block of Main Street.

Using 10 or more projectors, Tarik Sayeed of Penticton will shine the works of artists and the faces of Canadian immigrants who live in Penticton on the buildings of downtown Main Street later this month. The display will be part of the month-long One World Penticton Multicultural Festival.

Sayeed said the images will add colour, excitement and liveliness to what are typically cold and gloomy nights.

"We want people who are done from work, when they are walking home, they can see there's something happening."

Right now he has art from three local artists but hopes for more.

Sayeed, a computer engineer, has worked with projection art before although for different reasons. Instead of evoking images of summer he was using projection art to protest injustices. About nine years ago the former banking computer engineer was living in New Jersey but working with protesters in New York City to raise awareness of people being unjustly detained.

Protesters continue to use projection technology to carry their message and artists have been using it to transform static buildings. The white sweeping arches of Australia's famous Sydney Opera House has been used as a canvass many times.

Sayeed needs a special events license to run his three-day exhibit and plans to make a presentation to city council on Feb. 17. He said council is excited about the idea and he's gotten support from city staff.

Sayeed also plans to speak to the building owners he wants to project light onto.

Artists interested in getting their work displayed across Main Street can call Sayeed at 250-809-8686 or email him at tsayeed@gmail.com.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @InfoNewsPentict.

Australia's Sydney Opera House is a popular building to project lighted images. The normal off-white walls are often used as canvas for artist projects.
Australia's Sydney Opera House is a popular building to project lighted images. The normal off-white walls are often used as canvas for artist projects.
Image Credit: Wikipedia/Adam J.W.C.

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