Negative Space (STScl-PRC2003-24)
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Mungo Thomson was drawn to the Diller atrium wall of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay because of its immense size, its multiple vantage points from close up to far away (including the street below), and its extension through several floors. The empty white space of this wall functions as a backdrop of Negative Space (STScl-PRC2003-24). Thomson has inserted the emptiness of space: an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (from a copyright free image databank) which has been inverted to negative, so that the blackness of outer space becomes the whiteness of architectural empty space, and so the perceived colors of the spiral galaxy NGC 3370 recorded by Hubble are transformed to complementary earth tones and violet hues, giving them an entirely different range of associations. The image resolves and sharpens when seen from a distance, then dissolves into shadowy fragments when walking alongside it.