Since moving to the Peterborough, Ontario area I have envisioned doing a project based on the Trent Severn Waterway. Because I work with glass, concrete, steel and rock it seems like an obvious path to take artistically. I am interested in humanities’ connection (or disconnection – depending on how cynical I am feeling that day) with the environment and how we try to control and manipulate nature. The lock system is a perfect example of this but also how nature breaks down these controls over time. My father in law says ‘the worst thing for a boat is water’, well I think this is true for the locks too. Rust and corrosion mark the locks showing the passage of time and adding character to the concrete, wood and steel.
Lock 18 - Hastings - is one of the manually operated locks along the waterway.
Lock 19 - Scott Mills - has the original limestone construction preserved and remnants’ of a cobble stone pathway
Lock 20 - The Peterborough Lift Lock - One of only two hydraulic lift locks on the Waterway is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world – 62 ft.
Lock 36 - The Kirkfield Lift Lock is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world with a lift of 49 ft. The lock is situated at the highest point along the Waterway at 256.20 meters (840.5 ft) above sea level.
Lock 37 - Bolsover - is also a manually operated lock
Lock 44 - Big Chute Marine Railway - Big Chute Marine Railway is the only marine railway of its kind in North America
Lock 45 - Port Severn – Northern most lock that connects the waterway to Georgian Bay