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OPENING RECEPTION TODAY!

Today from 2-5 pm at the Arts Court in downtown Ottawa I will be hosting a reception for my latest endeavor. Come on down and check it out!

*Transplant* is an outdoor living book installation. Constructed from found natural materials both living and dead, this installation is subject to the whims of nature and the designs of man. Each page of this book resembles an arch inviting the audience to enter the immense tunnel book. Within the pages are paper pockets where seeds will begin to sprout as the structure is gradually beaten down by the weather. Additional arches/pages will be added throughout the exhibition as the evolution of decay and growth take over. This evolution speaks to the ebb and flow of construction and decay as the manmade world interacts with the natural one. The story of this project is one of transformation and reclamation of the urban landscape by nature. It is the story of a cycle of decay and rebirth and of a balance that can be achieved when nature’s collaboration is desired rather than fought.

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Transplant

The newest project is underway and it has it’s own blog! If you are interested in our ramblings as we pull this one together check out here.

To announce this artventure I have created a little promo vid to announce the project and blog.

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In search of a location for a biodegradable art installation!

Coming soon to a vacant lot near you!

Once sporting urban establishments, now empty and unused, Dead Zones are part of city sight seeing… but they don’t have to be.
This summer, Emily Cook and I are planning to turn just such an empty lot in Ottawa into a living and growing art installation.

This project is called Transplant and it is envisioned to be a structure made entirely out of living materials. The installation is encouraged to under go the natural changes resulting from its location and the public is encouraged to interact with the site. Over the month of August we are going to construct a tunnel book out of plants and paper, as the elements erode the paper structure, the plants will flourish leaving in it’s place a late summer community garden.

This immense and interactive tunnel book made from local plant materials will revouvenate a barren patch of city and bring temporary functionality to an otherwise dead zone. Sound familiar? You may have even heard about it through the Awesome Ottawa Foundation, who has generously agreed to fund it.

We can’t do it alone! We need you help! Do you have a Dead Zone near you? Tell us where and your area could be a part of this innovative project! Ottawa, be our eyes and ears.

The ideal location site for this installation is an unused plot of land, with dirt not concrete or gravel, in the city where construction has left it empty and no plans for development have been advertised. Site should be exposed to plenty of sun and be located in an area with some pedestrian traffic.

Below is an example of one such plot of land in Montreal.

Do you know of a place like this? Do you have a better idea of where you would like to see this project? Tell us about it!

Contact: emily.comeau@gmail.com

Empty lot in Montreal.

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Little ideas are growing quickly….

Dear loyal fans and followers, I have news!

This AWESOME organization has just awarded me $1000 for being AWESOME! How AWESOME is that?! Well, the money is also maybe, probably, likely because of my AWESOME new collaborative project with artist Emily Cook.
Together, her and I are going to transform a small section of Ottawa, Ontario into something AWESOME. Just you wait and see….. the seeds have been planted in our minds, the funding is watering them, the interest in our idea is warming them and something will be sprouting up any minute now….

For more information about the project and the organization that is funding it click here.

More updates on this project as it develops. Promise!

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