Curated by Rita Camacho
Hamilton’s Pipeline Trail is an urban walking path with a unique, living history. Four feet beneath this trail lies an original pipeline, constructed between 1856 and 1859, that delivered clean water to the city from the waterworks at present-day Woodward Avenue to a reservoir near the Kenilworth Access. Designated as a bicycle path in 1897, the corridor gradually fell out of use until it’s recent rediscovery as a public asset.
For Last Days of Ice and Snow, a team of artists and programmers have come together to activate this historic path through a series of art installations, public programs and performances. The festival considers the present-day issues that echo the path’s history– development and gentrification, industry, climate change, and the right to clean water and public space. Last Days of Ice and Snow centres our relationship to water through art that allows the past and present to collide, while providing an opportunity to conjure light, warmth and community towards the end of winter.
February 18, 2020 update: This is why we can’t have nice things – vandalism of festival installations
Saturday, February 1st | Art interventions by Donna Akrey, Klyde Broox, Dave Gould and Trisha Lavoie open for viewing along the Pipeline Trail, between the corner of Kenilworth and Roxborough Streets to Strathearne Avenue, south of Barton Street East.
Feb 1 at Britannia Ave, Feb 6-28 at Fairfield Ave, 7-9pm | Multimedia installation by Edgardo Moreno
Sunday, February 2nd, 4-8 pm | Community Art Installations, Public Programs and Parade
Saturday, February 29th, 1-3 pm | Performance by the Hamilton Aerial Group, Screening and Reception at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, 900 Woodward Avenue
For more information, contact Elizabeth Seidl at firstname.lastname@example.org