Art Display on Bata Library Rooftop

The rooftop of Bata Library is the display location for an artwork, Ghost, by Mark Clintberg.  It's part of the Night work exhibition from Peterborough's Artspace.

From the press release:

Night work is a solo exhibition by Mark Clintberg that brings together a series of new and existing projects, each of which focuses on the transition between day and night, and on shifting economies and uses of space after dark. Through a series of immersive installations and print multiples Clintberg asks the viewer to reconsider their emotional attachments felt toward individuals and institutions, and to consider the physical and psychological marks they leave on us.  
 
As part of Night work, Clintberg will unveil a new public artwork. Ghost, a large illuminated neon sign, functions as a point of reflection and response for the interconnected histories of the City of Peterborough and General Electric Canada. The multinational corporation has been a staple of the Peterborough community since 1892 when its “Canadian Works at Peterborough” manufacturing facilities opened, becoming the first plant in Canada for the company. At its height, the Peterborough operation was easily the city’s largest employer, with the factory operating 24 hours a day, and was in no small part responsible for the city’s well-known “Electric City” moniker. However, as the North American manufacturing sector fell on increasingly hard times in the late 20th century, General Electric dramatically scaled down production at its Peterborough facilities. As production declined, unemployment in the city rose significantly creating a depressed local economy. While the company still maintains operations in Peterborough, the corporation’s presence in Peterborough is a shadow of its former self. Clintberg’s work reflects on this absence, and is imbued with a sense of both longing and loss.

Ghost will be installed in two locations across Peterborough. First the work will be installed on the southwest corner of Artspace's rooftop, overlooking the corners of Simcoe and Aylmer Streets, and facing the expansive grounds of the General Electric plant located a few short blocks away. In early October the work will be relocated to the rooftop of Trent University’s Bata Library in the city’s north end. In the early 1960s General Electric donated the land on which the University’s main campus was built. In addition to this contribution, over 10,000 General Electric employees deferring a percentage of their paychecks with the corporation agreeing to donate a dollar-for-dollar value to assist in the establishment of the University.
 
By situating Ghost at these locations, Clintberg’s work draws attention to a shared history between the community and corporation, while situating our understanding within a contemporary perspective. Rather than function as a critique of this history, the work acts as a meditation on the possibilities that lie ahead.

See the artist's Bio.