25 Lighting the Iron Horse

Marko Barakoski unveils 3 sculptural light fixture ideas – we want your input.

It makes sense that installing light fixtures alongside the Iron Horse Trail between uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener would make the corridor safer and more accessible. The question is: How can we illuminate the trail with utility, heritage and beautification in mind?

Local sculptor Marko Barakoski ‘s will present three experimental light fixture prototypes at #niteshift14, each made out of upcycled materials and drawing on regional references. Barakoski is collaborating with solar PV installers Arcadian Projects to integrate power options into his designs (with an assist from Night\Shift Festival Partner SaveOnEnergy ), as well as borrowing forms from the area’s brewing history and exploring practical ideas such as a light fixture that doubles as wayfinding signage.

Here’s where you come in: Barakoski’s sculptures (including a fourth piece that he’ll be bending metal for during the festival) are intended as a conversation-starter that is part of a longer-term effort. Night\Shift volunteers will be collecting public input about the prototypes he’s created, and conducting surveys about the need for light fixtures along the Iron Horse Trail and how to make them as smart and artful as possible.


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Halls Lane between Queen & Ontario
7pm to 2am
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