, an innovative installation about water conservation created by four Canadian artists, including NSCAD faculty members Kim Morgan and David Clark, is now on display at Whistler Canada Olympic House as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
Commissioned by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), Waterfall
is an elaborate interactive video sculpture that passes itself off as a vending machine.
“It reminds the audience that water is a limited and valuable resource in our world,” says Morgan. “Instead of the usual array of candy, chips and chocolate bars that bombard the usual vending machine, Waterfall
contains videos that examine the way we use water on a daily basis.”
“Pressing the buttons causes each of these images to fall away, revealing a thundering waterfall – a powerful reminder of the force of water in the natural environment that is threatened by easy access to available water resources.”
Joining Kim Morgan and David Clark in the collaboration were were Regina-based visual artist Rachelle Viander Knowles and Dr. David Ogborn of Hamilton, Ontario, who specializes in combining traditional performing arts with electronic media.
The project came about through a series of conversations between Morgan and the CWF, which wanted to use art to reach a wider audience. The project grew into a collaborative process involving the four diverse artists who drew on their backgrounds in public sculpture, performance, filmmaking, interactive digital media and electronic music. Living in different cities and teleconferencing via Skype over a period of eight months, the artists also developed their ideas through interaction with environmentalists and CWF members.
The Whistler Canada Olympic House, located in the Whistler Public Library, will serve as an accredited hosting facility for the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia. Waterfall
will be on display for the duration of the 2010 Olympics and Para-Olympics.Waterfall