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A pioneering partnership between Harbourfront Centre and Enwave Energy Corporation
During an essential retrofit of the Harbourfront Centre Theatre's glass roof and curtain walls, Harbourfront Centre partnered with Enwave to find a cutting-edge solution that would improve the thermal performance of the theatre by preventing leakage and heat loss/gain. As a central part of the retrofit, Enwave funded an arts initiative, commissioning Canadian artist Sarah Hall to create a permanent, large scale solar glass art installation titled Waterglass.
Waterglass includes 119 art glass panels (1,736 sq. ft.) of hand-painted and fired glass which was fabricated in Germany and Austria. A series of glass panels on the east wall are imbedded with more 360 photographic images documenting the history of Lake Ontario, visible only from inside the Theatre lobby. The artwork generates solar energy through photovoltaic cells that light the Theatre’s lobby.
Waterglass is the first solar glass art project in Toronto and the first in the world to integrate heat mirror technology. The result is creative and inspiring – art generating energy. This partnership won an Award of Distinction at the 2011 The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Partnership Awards.