Oct. 10Th,2012 www.christophermcleod.ca
Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
Rural Programs Branch
1 Stone Rd.,W., 4th Floor
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
I, Christopher McLeod, am writing in support of McMaster Universities application to the Great Lakes
Guardian Fund regarding project title: An Interactive Sculpture on Water Purification Drinking
Fountain. (The Aqua Lautus Machine)
When we use water it tends to simply appear when needed and disappear when we are finished with it.
There is no sense of its source, its volume, or the energy involved in moving and filtering it. We have
become disconnected from and lost sight of our dependance on water. As a professional artist and
mature student enrolled in the Studio Arts program, I strive to create visceral and interactive
experiences. My last interactive sculpture, The Responsibility Machine, was recently featured at Nuit
Blanche in Toronto where an estimated 15,000 people had the opportunity to engage with the sculpture
and consider the notion of personal responsibility. This project, through a collaboration of Art and
Engineering, The Aqua Lautus Machine (Project Titled: An Interactive Sculpture on Water Purification
Drinking Fountain: An Education Tool) will inspire participant's to engage in the production of potable
water direct from the source through a mechanical centrifuge sand filtration unit, UV unit, and bottling
station that will be constructed from steel, copper and acrylic.
Once completed, the sculpture's portability becomes important as I will be travelling to various parks &
festivals located within the Great Lakes region, drawing attention to the access to clean water,
conservation techniques and maintenance of fresh water sources, and our community's health. The
sculpture, in a fun and entertaining way, will create an experience that will open the door to evaluating
a community's awareness of the issues surrounding the Great Lakes. Art, as an educational tool, has the
ability to enlighten a community's knowledge of our water resource from the Great Lakes and what is
needed to protect these resources. The Aqua Lautus Machine will create a sense of ownership and drive
the desire to take responsibility.
After travelling through the summer, a collaborative analysis of the public knowledge and awareness of
our water resources will be produced. The findings will be based on information gathered and
disseminated from participant's use and interaction with the sculpture. This interactive, educational
sculpture will reach out to the minds of our current generation and future ones. When we as individuals
become aware, there is growth. When we as individuals become connected and passionate, there is
action. When communities of people become inspired, there is change.
Thank you for taking the time to review our application. I look forward to hearing from you.