This is the ‘Memory Vessel’ by New Brunswick artist Peter Powning. It sits along Harbour Passage, near Reversing Falls, in Saint John, New Brunswick and commemorates 5 people who died in an accident in a specific spotnot far from the memorial.
Completed in 2010, Powning constructed his artwork from stainless steel and tumbled glass made from rejected crystal lamps that were broken up into small shards. It’s a canoe-like shell held up by undulating columns, recalling the city’s nautical nature. At night, a soft glow emanates from within the glass vessel and from the podium underneath the structure.
The subtle, almost lunar effect was created by lighting designers Linda Lees and Luis Rocha at Lightstudio Design. Lumenfacade fixtures were used both inside the sculpture and below it. “The structure is filled in with crushed recycled glass,” Rocha says. “It’s encased by a wireframe, so when you shine light through, it has a sparkling fleck to it. It’s a luminous surface with texture.” Meanwhile, the luminaires installed below-grade provide a sustained sheen on the columns.