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Floating Joy: Takao Tanabe Banners at the Humanities Centre, University of Alberta


Humanities. 3rd floor in Canada

My child-self watched the world with intensity.   I remember walking through the Humanities Centre at the University of Alberta, where my father had an office in the English Department. This was a landscape, like outside, there of its own accord.  It was a surprise to realize that someone designed this space, built it, inhabited it.  There are banners hanging from the ceiling.  I remember the colors and how they floated in that middle space, the airy core of the building.

Takao Tanabe banners
Takao Tanabe banners at the Humanities Centre, University of Alberta. Photo via Miss Sarah of Girls and Bicycles.

These banners were created by Takao Tanabe, a Canadian artist.  Printed on nylon, they glow in the light.  I didn’t know an artist created this part of my landscape.  Born in 1926, Tanabe started as an abstract expressionist painter, and eventually moved into semi-abstract landscapes.  His banners were along the way, from the later 60’s/early 70’s, with drafting tool angles, gradated colors, and of course orange.

For more of Takao Tanabe’s work, check out my Orange Tuesdays Pinterest Board

 

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