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INTERIORS 2014: Artist Jennifer Stead meditates on water at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre

This post is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in Ottawa Magazine Interiors 2014

By PATRICK LANGSTON

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Jennifer Stead at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre (Photo: Justin van Leeuwen)

Midway along Jennifer Stead’s 160-foot water-themed sculpture, there’s an image of a boat. It’s a stylized vessel that sidesteps your efforts to determine what kind of boat it is or, depending on how long you look at it, whether it’s even a boat at all. That’s exactly what the Ottawa artist says she intended. “I wanted it as an image that wasn’t a canoe or a rowboat or anything in particular but would take you into the imaginative experience of this watery world.”

That it does. Walk along the charcoal-grey metal sculpture — called Water, it hangs down over the floor-to-ceiling windows that separate the swimming pools at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre from the rest of the building — and you’re swept away by the fish and eddies and lily pads and raindrops.

Take a virtual tour of the sculpture — and the snazzy new facility — in this gallery of photos from doublespace photography.