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Uncommon Common Art Exhibit in Kings County, NS.
My work is one (Stop 6) of twenty site specific public art installations across the County. All work is up until 31 October 2017. You can check out the website below to see what it is all about and for directions to the different site locations!
The Space Between, 2017, performance-based installation.
Uncommon Common Art Exhibit 2017 in Kings County, NS.
Site location Acadia University war memorial.
Invitation to join me & participate in a performance art work as part of
2017 Uncommon Common Art !
May 25th 2017
What is Involved?
0950: Meet at the front gate of Camp Aldershot, at the intersection of Lanzy Rd and Exhibition St North of Kentville, NS.
1000: We will march from Camp Aldershot and will follow the Rail Trail to the Acadia War Memorial located in front of the Acadia Athletic Complex in Wolfville, NS.
- The march is approximately 14 km's. I will be carrying a 55 pound concrete sculpture in my ruck sack.
- You do not need to carry any weight but I would suggest water, sunscreen, and a hat! Check the weather and
prepare for the forecast. I will be marching rain or shine.
1300 - 1500: When we reach the Acadia Memorial, I will build a makeshift trench around the existing war memorial using 550 sandbags. I will invite current military members and veterans to lay down sandbags with me.
Join me for the march, for the installation, or simply to witness the performance at any stage! OR join me for all three !
Detailed Project Description
This project engages the military history of Nova Scotia and bridges intergenerational military experience through performance resulting in a site specific installation. This work has been accepted for Uncommon Common Art 2017, a juried exhibition that integrates site specific public art with the history and landscape of Kings County, Nova Scotia. Angela Henderson’s curatorial aim this year draws on the rich geological history of Kings County and provides public art installations that frame the landscape through concepts of the terrestrial and the subterranean. The exhibition will be installed on May 25th and remain in place until October 30th. www.uncommoncommonart.com
This project developed while researching The Dominion Atlantic Railroad (DAR) and its participation in transporting thousands of soldiers during WW1 and WW2 from around Nova Scotia to Camp Aldershot for basic training before being deployed to Europe. Between 2002 and 2014, Aldershot provided 20% of its forces to the various engagements on Task Forces in Afghanistan. The terrain of Camp Aldershot, with its barren sand dunes, provides a landscape well-suited for drills and maneuvers.
I have sculpted a concrete sandbag using sand from Camp Aldershot in the concrete. For the performance on May 25th, I will carry the 60 pound sculpture over fourteen kms following the former railway, from Camp Aldershot to the Acadia War Memorial in Wolfville. Symbolically carrying the concrete sandbag on this route, ties the performance to the soldiers training and being transported through this landscape.
When I reach the Acadia War Memorial I will build a trench wall around the WW1 and WW2 monuments with 500 sandbags (filled prior to the performance at Camp Aldershot). This links terrestrial material to that of a performed narrative. I will rest the concrete sandbag on top of the trench wall between the two columns.
The site specific location of the Acadia War Memorial is a heartfelt decision. I am a veteran of the Canadian military and I am an Acadia alumnus. When I was a student I would frequently run on the rail trail and during that time I became aware of the role of the railway in transporting troops through Kings County. This work also recognizes the large numbers of students enlisted during the Two World Wars and the casualties that were deeply felt in the community. Including this as an installation during the 2017 UCA reflects the significance of the end of the First World War.
This work investigates the physical experience of war that monuments represent. It is about linking a new generation of soldiers and their experience of war with former generations. The trench around the war memorial protects memory, as all monuments become invisible in our everyday landscape.