Thursday, November 24, 2016

Interactive Educational Water bottle Drinking Fountain

I just did the initial install of drinking fountain at GreenVenture in Hamilton. They will be using it for their education programs, as well as for filling their water bottles.

Check: for more pics & vid.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sculpture Cleans River Water

I want to thank the Durham Art Gallery, the Ontario Arts Council, and Rainfresh for supporting the Aqua Lauta as it filtered water from the Saugeen river. 

After the exhibition in the gallery with Edward Burtynsky and Ernestine Tahedl, the sculpture was installed on a dock overlooking the river where participants had the opportunity to pedal pump the water from the river into a series of containers with Rainfresh ceramic water filters. The pumped water was either filtered and returned to the river, or available for drinking. Cups were provided and after the pedaling and waiting for the water to pass through the filters, most enjoyed the fruits of their labour by drinking the water. 

It was a beautiful day, and as you can see from the second video, the fish also enjoyed the newly filtered river water. Thanks again to all that supported the project!


Participants during the reception.
I love the Burtynsky's on the wall.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This Sunday

Come out this sunday for the closing of the exhibition and to experience the sculpture connected to the Saugeen River. Weather permitting

The sculpture will be on this dock just across the road from the gallery.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Machine of Awesome on Granville Island, BC

The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness project on Granville Island, BC has now finished with great success, participation, and interaction. I wanted to post a quick update for those not able to make it out see the event.

Installed just inside the Charles H. Scott Gallery on Johnston St. Granville Island.
Hooked up to the main water line, insert your refillable water bottle to get started.

This family, working together found success and earned their drinking water. Afterwards,
they made the comment they had never been so excited about getting free water.

However, not everyone was able to access the free drinking water.

I will be updating the page : in the next few weeks with install images and full project photos. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments on the Granville Island project or The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness at

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New public water fountain

Finding Water's first new public water fountain is now installed on Locke Street thanks to Democracy Cafe. Very excited to see it up and running, just don't forget your refillable water bottle.

If you are interested in a fountain, contact me to discuss.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Heading to Vancouver

The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness is ready for Granville Island. Tim, technical director on the project, removes the crate in order to prep it for transport. Installation of the piece will begin July 14th at the Charles H. Scott Gallery and the opening is Friday July 22nd. Bring your refillable water bottle if you want to play! Free water! Check for details.

Tim, the technical director on the project, preps the crate for transport.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sculpture Test a Success

I want to thank everyone that made it out to the studio Saturday evening. The unveiling and testing of The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness was a great success. 

It was fantastic watching people try and figure out how to get their water bottles filled. The feedback has been very helpful. Tim and I have begun improving the programming and adjusted the bottle sensor which is operating much more efficiently now. 

Here is a video of the bottle sensor being adjusted to recognize several different bottle types, but reject single use plastic bottles. Thanks again to everyone that came.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Living Waters

Living Waters

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is proud to present, Living Waters, an interdisciplinary arts and environment project in collaboration with Corsair Public School and artist Christopher McLeod. Teaching artist Christopher McLeod will facilitate student projects that look at the centrality of water to all environmental and sustainability issues. 

Living Waters is generously funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Before and After

Progress on The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness is going well. We have run into a couple software issues that Tim worked his way through and the speakers seem to be acting up a little, so they may need to be replaced. Otherwise, we have all the LED's, buttons, and water bottle filling unit operating very nicely.

Here is a maquette to hardware install side by side.

Here is the interior almost fully wired.

The back of the sculpture with its custom modified french cleat hanging system.

And Tim, programmer extraordinaire working on the opening sequence.

The software running the sculpture has been written from scratch by Tim and utilizes three separate micro processors. We have now got him set up on a proper desk in the studio as he is no longer allowed to leave!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Granville Island new Water Fountain Map Icon

After several telephone conversations and one written request, the CMHC on Granville Island has agreed to an icon identifying the public water fountains on the Island.

I was hoping that the tourist map could be updated before next printing to include an icon identifying the locations of the water fountains on the island. I included a separate PDF illustrating the current fountain locations.”

From this request, and upon management approval, the graphics department within the CMHC developed this new icon:

It will be used on transit posters and is part of the new tourist map for Granville Island.

Thank you Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness.

Monday, April 4, 2016

full LED light test a success!

Tim and I have now, after several days of wiring and soldering, tested the LED's that will be the face of The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness.

Still some final wiring to be done, but now Tim can really start to concentrate on programming the sculpture. I'll continue to plan out the scene's and how the interactive aspects of the sculpture will operate.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

1st New Public Water Fountain!

Water Found!

Democracy Coffee House

202 Locke St. S. Hamilton

Democracy Coffee House is the first location to confirm the installation of a new public drinking water fountain as part of the Finding Water project.

Installation of the street mounted drinking fountain will begin as soon as the weather warms up, however, free water is always available inside.

for details and updates.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Sculpture progress

Progress has gone well in fabricating the sculpture frame for The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness. Constructed mostly out of 1/4"thick aluminum, the frame also acts as a heat sync for the LED's. The piece is almost 35" in diameter and 7-9" deep.

I want to thank Zeeshan for machining the pieces needed to install the water bottle refilling unit, as well as arranging the water jet cutting of the back plate, outer ring, and the LED curved plate. As well as Mark for finishing off the tig welding. I was able to cut the LED curved plate by hand in order to fit it inside the outer ring and the polycarbonate cover will also be hand moulded and cut.

Next I will start to map and install the plumbing and Tim will be coming in and we will start laying in the strips of 144/meter led strips.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Art Gallery of Mississauga

  • "It has been inspiring to work with artist Christopher McLeod, educator Christine Rodrigues, and Corsair Public School. It is a delight to encounter a learning environment full of so many enthusiastic teachers and students, ready to dive into new ways of engaging with environmentally focused arts education and community initiatives. TD FEF has truly given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to all stakeholders to realize new potential in the community and to make a lasting impression, and begin new relationships to the environment for young minds. "

    Tina Chu
    Engagement Consultant, Art Gallery of Mississauga

  • Artist in residence: Christopher McLeod produces art that is environmentally minded. Often participatory, McLeod’s work helps his viewers engage with issues of sustainability and conservation in unexpected ways. Through this residency, McLeod shared his expertise on environment-based artworks and helped students produce their own pieces to build an outdoor classroom.
  • Environmental education: The curriculum-based and environmentally-themed art projects were produced by Corsair students. The pieces were then assembled through volunteer teams, which included TD employees. Students developed teamwork and creative problem-solving abilities, as well as a deeper connection to the natural world.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Laser cut and machining progress

The back plate, outer ring, and the curved LED plate are all back from the machine shops. Made from 1/4 aluminum plate, they are heavy duty and will work well as a heat sync for the LED's. Now the three pieces need to be welded and secured together. The LED plate will also be machined down another 1/4" fitting inside the outer ring.
Curved LED plate with opening for water fountain.

Back Plate 34" dia. 1/4 Aluminum.

Monday, January 11, 2016

From Maquette to CAD

We are in the final stages of working through the CAD drawings for The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness.

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