The mirrored side of the artwork brings a play of light; the shadow of the beam and the mirrored side reflection turn around the artwork. They never meet, but the chosen orientation of the mirrored side will allow the sun, the reflection, the HD 400 and the shadow to be aligned every first of May at 4PM.
Ann Veronica Janssens is known for creating interaction between material and immaterial in her works. For HD 400, she wanted to create an ode to the art of building, architecture, engineering and human ingenuity, symbolised by the H-beam (or I-beam), omnipresent in contemporary construction. By orienting the mirrored side of the beam in such a way, she wanted to give the impression that through the reflection of the sky and clouds the city is almost split by the projection.
Bringing art to the streets
This artistic initiative represents the strong commitment of the City of Ghent to use art in a public environment. The city aims to reuse art and culture in the public space to involve everyone. The two artworks are in line with other major art projects realised in the past few years, such as The Virgin and Passengers of Michaël Borremans, the light artwork The Blue Birds at the Predikherenlei, and Garutti's work on Sint-Veerleplein, where the street lights flash every time a child is born in a Ghent hospital.