The Waterway Project - Wall Didatic
Written by Carla Garnet - AGP Curator
Inspired by Peterborough’s natural and engineered environment, Christy Haldane (Peterborough) has developed a series of sculptures using recycled window glass and other common building material. Haldane’s glass and concrete mixed media sculptures and maquettes preview five outdoor installations that will be exhibited at the locks between Peterborough and Lakefield along the Otonabee River in July and August of 2012.
Haldane’s body of work is situated at an intersection of art, craft and architecture. Concrete and steel echo the materials of the locks themselves,
which come to represent control and containment of the environment, while the transparency, fluidity, and bluish hue of water are suggested in the glass.
Monuments of human engineering, Haldane’s work simultaneously points to the ongoing erosion from the elements that the locks face, reflecting the passage of time and the subtle power of the water.
Based on these current works on view now through September 4, 2011 at the
Art Gallery of Peterborough, Haldane will be working with master glass sculptor and Governor General Award Winner Kevin Lockau to implement her site specific sculptures, along the Trent Severn Waterway in the summer of 2012. By placing the work outside the traditional gallery setting Haldane hopes The Waterway Project will reach a broader audience and provide viewers with a new perspective of the liftlocks in their natural setting.
The Waterway Project has received support from the Ontario Arts Council's Craft Projects program. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of