Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hamilton Art Crawl March 8th

Thanks again to Heather from the Museum of Steam & Technology for the opportunity to display my latest sculpture at the Lister Block during art crawl. The exhibit will be mounted until March 24th for those you could make it friday. It was a great night with a good crowd and I enjoyed speaking with all of you. Under the Pump One Page I have posted several installation pictures. Email with any thoughts. Best, Christopher

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Friday Art Crawl Media Release


Pump One: A relational bond with water is lost
Presented by the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

HAMILTON, March 8, 2013 – Hamilton artist Christopher McLeod will be debuting his latest sculpture, Pump One during Hamilton Art Crawl Friday. Pump One is comprised of a hand pump (with its handle removed) mounted on a three foot diameter pedestal hand honed from reclaimed cedar fencing posts. The piece will be displayed in the Arcade at The Lister Block until March 24th and will coincide with Canada Water Week. “I really want the viewer to think about the relevance of this piece,” says McLeod. “The pump represents a water supply, but with the handle removed, there is no way to access this vital source of life. We have lost our physical bond with water. In reality, this mirrors our waste and disrespect for this essential element.”

McLeod as an artist has often produced work that reflects elements of nature and man’s relationship with it. Concurrently, in conjunction with McMaster Universities Engineering department, McLeod is developing and building The Aqua Lautus Machine. This interactive sculpture, through a belt driven three phase system, produces fresh drinking water from The Great Lakes, all pedal powered. McLeod’s last interactive sculpture was displayed at Nuit Blanche in Toronto and his work has been exhibited internationally.

The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology allows visitors to take a peek into life at the beginning of Canada's industrial revolution. The museum preserves two 45-foot high, 70-ton steam engines which pumped the first clean water to the city over 140 years ago. The museum is a National Historic Site and a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark. The museum offers various permanent and changing exhibits. They also feature a wide range of special events that are fun for the whole family.
For more information:

Christopher McLeod

Heather George
Tourism and Culture Division
Planning and Economic Development
Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology
900 Woodward Ave. Hamilton ON

Sunday, March 3, 2013

artist statement

Artist statement for newly completed sculpture Pump One.

Artist Statement

An Object Trouve´, Pump One, mounted on a three foot diameter pedestal hand honed from reclaimed cedar fencing posts, challenges the viewer to connect with the theatrical illusion of a water supply in absolute abundance.

Handle removed, the social history and designation of purpose associated with the hand pump becomes representational of that which is lost, a physical bond to water.

The pedestal, specifically constructed from discarded natural materials, works in defiance of the disregard for those natural materials. Reinvigorating the cedar posts back to something beautiful, juxtaposed to the pump considered a defunct object of obsolescence. Both renewed in relevance and status for social consideration, analysis and discussion.

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