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

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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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