Sunday, December 27, 2015

Scale model goes to CAD


The pictured here is Zeeshan the engineer and machinist extreme, along with my scale model of The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness. Made of wood and rigid foam, the maquette will allow Zeeshan to reverse engineer all the component parts that need to be fabricated. Each piece with be worked into CAD drawings in order to assemble the frame of the sculpture on the computer.



Monday, November 23, 2015

Navitas @ The Museum of Steam and Technology

The Navitas sculpture was dropped off today to the Museum of Steam and Technology in Hamilton for long term loan from Hamilton Water. The museum's location, right next to the Woodward water filtration facility, is ideal expanding the sculpture's point of view.

Interpretors for the museum getting a proper introduction.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Interactive sculpture, The Navitas, on James St N.

James Street N., Art Crawl


Last night was a wonderful fall night as the skies cleared and the crowds gathered to have their turn trying out the Navitas. 

Adults, kids, even a group of teenagers kept the sculpture busy all evening.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Navitas @ ArtCrawl Oct 9th

Navitas at Artcrawl tomorrow!

My new sculpture, commissioned by Hamilton Water, will be set up on James St. N. tomorrow night (Friday Oct. 9th) from 7-9 pm as a part of Artcrawl. It will be located just in front of the Armoury across from the Mulberry Cafe.

Hope you can make it out for this preview. Contact me if you have any questions. 905-730-4008 or mail@christophermcleod.ca



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Sculpture Delivered

My new sculpture, Navitas, has been delivered to Hamilton Water. They have done initial testing on premises and are in the process of planning the unveiling and setting up a tour schedule. I am very happy with how it all came together and I want to especially thank Tim for all the fantastic programming and wiring. Greg as well for coming into the studio as our very own soldering master. More details on the sculpture, along with images and video, will be posted once the unveiling is complete. Check http://www.christophermcleod.ca/p/sculpture-navitas.html

For now, a detail picture of the piece. Thanks, Christopher

The bronze handle is removed for testing of the 2000 LED's inside the copper pipes.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Return from the West

An update after my return from Vancouver and the exhibition of Campaign4awesome at Emily Carr University on Granville Island.

The video produced for the display was presented within the display itself on a looping LCD screen.

That video is here: http://www.christophermcleod.ca/p/the-machine-of-awesome-bright-liquid.html


47 new refillable water bottles were introduced into the community on Granville Island and the water fountain outside of Emily Carr's North Building was fixed.

The new Instagram account Campaign4awesome has been created so have a look. Photos include the adventures of The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness water bottle. From the peak of Whistler to jumping in a lake in Saskatchewan. Send in your own images to post if you have them.




Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Campaign4awesome: West Coast Edition

The Campaign4awesome is in full effect on Granville Island in Vancouver. Located inside the Concourse Gallery of Emily Carr University until July 26th. Come by if you can.

Here is the display. All on the honour system.
The Campaign4awesome's banner on the welcome to Granville bridge.
 There is a new video as well for the west coast edition. Check it out here: http://www.christophermcleod.ca/p/the-machine-of-awesome-bright-liquid.html

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mixtape exhibition

Here is the press release for the Mixtape exhibit at Emily Carr opening next week:

For Immediate Release

Mixtape: black holes, trauma and leather

Emily Carr of Art And Design MAA Interim Exhibition

Vancouver, BC (July 06, 2015) Mixtape: Black Holes, Trauma and Leather is the interim exhibition by students in the Master of Applied Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Join seven artists from Vancouver to St. John’s using media that traverse film, soundscape, sculpture, painting and photography as they investigate themes of movement, memory and metal.

Christopher McLeod invites you to join the campaign4awesome.

Erin Tysowski explores her identity in music subcultures in a mixed media installation to give the audience a total performance.

Jay Havens examines visual storytelling and makes experiments with transposing narrative to visual form using Indigenous ways of knowing such as Wampum Theory and Storywork.

John Rao explores Hertizian spaces creating an impression of the culture we occupy on the Internet, offering a representation through sound and light.

Kemi Craig intertwines movement with celluloid to understand bodies and power dynamics in our society.

Rafi Spivak uses found footage of famous evangelical speakers and a police murder investigation video to create two film installations that challenge notions of abstraction and language.

Ross Kelly pushes the edges of what the camera can capture and what the resulting image can communicate. He does this through the use of collage, seriality, and by presenting the imagery in a range of contexts and situations.

The opening reception is on July 16 at 6:30pm until 10pm in the Concourse and Media Gallery of Emily Carr University Art + Design. The show runs until July 26, 2015

Look forward to seeing you at the opening. Please contact me with any questions. Christopher
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Campaign4awesome is in Vancouver!

Come join the Campaign4awesome in the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr University. From July 13- 26th only. Membership has its privileges. The opening event is July 16th from 6:30 to 10pm.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Earls Court Gallery & the AGM

From now until September The Aqua Lauta Project will be on display at Earls Court Gallery on Ottawa Street. A full participation event and demo is planned for September.

I have updated the page. http://www.christophermcleod.ca/p/the-thinking-garden.html with details on the now fully installed The Roots outdoor education space at Corsair School in Mississauga.




Monday, April 20, 2015

New Sculpture progress

There has been excellent progress on the new sculpture. The frame and handles are now assembled and functional. The frame is primarily tig welded aluminum, with red oak and brass making up the extension arms. The handles, made from turned Bronze, are also now finished - and they feel fantastic.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aqua Lauta on tour

The Aqua Lauta has been busy touring to Guelph and the RBG in Burlington for  Water Week, World Water Day events. I met a lot of fantastic people and engaged in some great open discussions. Especially important, the volunteers that hosted the Aqua Lauta and the great work they did. Thank you

The library in Guelph for a week.

Thank you Water Watchers

Taking it down at the end of the week.
A busy day at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Morning set up.







Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Aqua Lauta in Guelph

The Aqua Lauta is currently installed at the Main Library in Guelph as part of their water week activities. 100 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 4J6


Just installed - with Karen, one of the many wonderful volunteers who came to talk and interact with people using the Aqua Lauta and discovering, moving water takes a lot of energy. I want to thank all the volunteers that came out to support the installation in the library, I enjoyed our conversations and you make all the difference.

The sculpture is on site till Saturday at 5pm.

The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness fundraising campaign continues with the addition of images from our first event and a short clip of Tim and I testing the coin mechanism in the studio.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-machine-of-awesome-bright-liquid-blueness/x/9938465 

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness

The crowd funding campaign to build and share The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness has begun. Look here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-machine-of-awesome-bright-liquid-blueness/x/9938465 

Please check it out, contribute, and come to the event on Friday March 13th to learn more and meet a bunch of great people, which will include yourself as you will be there.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Navitas

The Navitas is now in final re-assembly after sandblasting, coating, and hand sanding the aluminum frame. The copper is all installed and aligned properly with the LED's. The bronze handles have all been completed and the power generator unit, made from reclaimed barn board is complete.


Here is an early on image of the Bronze Handles installed for testing

The PSi gauge is installed along with all the copper.
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Light output is excellent

Chalkboard says: A new sculpture is being built

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Commission

MEDIA RELEASE                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Environmental Artist, Christopher McLeod Partners with
the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) on educational project that links environmental sustainability with contemporary art practices

Hamilton, Ontario, January 19th, 2015 – Local artist, Christopher McLeod will be working with the AGM and Corsair Public School (Mississauga) on an educational environmental art project, Cultivate Corsair that will engage students as they construct a permanent onsite outdoor classroom.  The project is supported by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

McLeod will work with educators to design curriculum-based and environmentally themed art projects that will see the school's 763 students collaboratively produce an outdoors classroom through in-class activities.  Each project will centre around one component of the classroom.  Volunteer teams participating on the project will be comprised of Corsair’s staff, students, families and TD employees.

“The students will learn about the ecosystem, human impact on the environment and sustainable practices on individual and systems scales,” says McLeod. “Students will also encounter the conceptual rigour that underlines contemporary artistic practice and will develop their capacity for teamwork and creative problem solving, which is applicable to all fields of study.  It will be a valuable experience overall.”

The finished garden will be an ongoing learning space maintained by the school's eco-team throughout the school year. The site will also serve as the releasing grounds for Monarch butterflies each spring and compliment Corsair's interest in butterfly conservation.


“As an artist, I am grateful to the AGM for inviting me to partner with them on this project,” says McLeod. The AGM is committed to bringing art to the community and the community to art by supporting visual arts beyond what is in their gallery.


Cultivate Corsair is an interdisciplinary, arts-based and sustainability-focused education platform. It is a partnership between the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM), Corsair Public School and environmental artist, Christopher McLeod to implement an onsite outdoor classroom. Through Cultivate Corsair, McLeod will work with educators to design curriculum-based and environmentally-themed art projects that will see the school's 763 students collaboratively produce an outdoor classroom through in-class activities. Each project will centre around one component of the classroom and will be assembled through volunteer teams supervised by McLeod from Corsair's staff, students and families, and TD Employees. Through this experience, students will learn about the ecosystem, human impact on the environment and sustainable practices on individual and systems scales. Students will also encounter the conceptual rigour underlining contemporary artistic practice as they work with McLeod and will develop their capacity for teamwork and creative problem solving, applicable to all fields of study. The finished garden will be an ongoing learning space maintained by the school's eco-team throughout the school year. The site will also serve as the releasing grounds for butterflies each spring and compliment Corsair's interest in butterfly conservation.

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