Wednesday, August 24, 2011

raising a bridge

Today was the day for installing my rope bridge from the roofs of the Confederation Centre of the Arts for Art in the Open which happens this Saturday, August 27th in Charlottetown PEI. My piece is called Suspended Access and I am so pleased with how it looks. With the help of Randy and Roger, the "how-to" guys at the Confederation Centre, everything came together and the installation was a breeze. The piece will be up until next Tuesday. I'm excited to see how it looks at night......

A big thank you to Damien, and my parents Janet and Geoff for helping me saw and drill the panels. I have many more ideas now that I've conquered my biggest installation many possibilities involving rope, drilled wood and suspension.

Friday, August 12, 2011

more PEI adventures

I've done a little adventuring on my days off this summer. This past week, we headed up east to spend a night on the Cardigan River. This is a beautiful part of PEI that I've rarely (if ever) had the chance to explore. We discovered our new favourite cottage spot at a place called Four Seasons Cottages just north of Georgetown, with a view of the water. We did some exploring along the eastern coast on a rainy Tuesday afternoon and discovered a magical part of the Island called Launching. Wednesday morning we headed to Greenwich, part of PEI National Park, where we hiked the trail to the parabolic sand dunes. A little taste of summer despite the dampness....

Seagull perched at the Launching wharf.

Lobster straps piled high at the Launching wharf.

Launching beach. There is land for sale here. My heart fell in love with this stretch of shore.

Tons of purple jellyfish washing onto the beach. Bright, deep purple blobs.
Fireweed at Greenwich along the trail.

A water plant growing in the marsh at Greenwich. Created an amazing effect on the surface of the water.

Awe-inspiring sand dunes at Greenwich.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

on my plate for August

I am currently planning to build a rope bridge for the Art in the Open festival happening in Charlottetown, PEI August 27th from 4pm - midnight. The bridge will be suspended by two of the buildings (library and theatre) that make up part of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

The Confed Centre - as those of us who grew up here call it - is at the geographical center of downtown Charlottetown. The architecture of the arts complex is typically 1960s and so different from the rest of historic Charlottetown. It was where we hung out as teenagers. It is where the library, art gallery, and theatre are - places I have visited most of my life. I have worked in both the gallery (quite a bit) and backstage (once) and know the building pretty well from the inside, as well as from street level. But I have never been on the roof....

A rope bridge invites the viewer to contemplate urban architectural space as playground.