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Ville de Montréal

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Hal Ingberg


Presentation of the artwork
Chromazone, formed of a glass wall, is situated in the lobby of the Benny Library in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre. The wall, offering a high-angle view of the lobby on the ground floor, allows for a perceptual experience related to the transparency and reflective power of glass containing multiple layers of coloured metal oxide film. At the heart of the community complex, the artwork deploys hues and effects of variable depths, depending on the viewer’s movements and sense of proxemics, whether it is seen from the ground-floor lobby below or from the mezzanine of which it forms one of the walls.

Acting as an iridescent trompe-l’oeil, the dichroic glass artwork creates a living and enigmatic architectural element that leads visitors to wonder about the science behind its fluctuations. Thus, beyond the initial desire to offer a purely sensory experience allowing visitors to appropriate the public space, the architect states the secondary intention of extending the notion of reflectiveness to intellectual reflection. In this dual reading, which also reflects the dual function of the cultural centre, Ingberg has used the division of the glass by a horizontal mullion and a diagonal play on inversion to provoke additional offset effects. Although the movement of its light spectrum is exhilarating, the piece is situated in the centre of a place for study, the library, thus closing the loop relating the experience of the artwork to the critical reading of it.

“Since we are naturally intrigued by our own reflections and because these fragmented reflections will refer back unstable renderings of these appearances, our attention is easily piqued, thus encouraging a form of engagement with the artwork. The artwork will generate complex and ambiguous renderings of colour and sumptuously unstable reflections, creating, in the evening, a spectacular and captivating happening.”

Associated events
In compliance with the MCC Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics, a competition by invitation was launched by the Public Art Bureau on June 30, 2011, for production of an original artwork for the Benny Library in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre, in the context of the program for renovation, expansion, and construction of the new library.
Hal Ingberg
Hal Ingberg holds a BA in architecture from McGill University (1985) and a master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (1987). After conducting further formal research in world capitals, he continued his practice in Montréal, earning international recognition for his integration of artworks into architecture. His work has been honoured by prestigious international institutions, including the Prix de Rome; grants from the Canada Council for the Arts; and the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec. Ingberg has taught architectural design at the École d’architecture since 1999.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse type A , Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec , 2007
  • Mention d'excellence OAQ pour la rénovation de la cuisine Désourdy , 2005
  • Bourse type A , Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec , 2003
  • Mention honorable au concours international ouvert pour le Complexe culturel et administratif, Montréal , 2003
  • Première Mention au concours de la bibliothèque de Châteauguay, 2001
  • Bourse type A , Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec , 2001
  • Prix de Rome, Conseil des arts du Canada , 1993-94
  • Bourse de séjour d'architecture à Barcelone, Conseil des arts du Canada", 1991
Fine Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
February 5, 2016
Tempering, anodization, painting, assemblage
Glass, tempered glass, metal, aluminum, steel, painting
General dimensions
4,995 x 7,127 x 400
  • Vitreco
  • CPA
  • Métaux ouvrés F.G.
Bibliothèque Benny
Aire Benny
Civic address
6400, avenue de Monkland, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce