….the artist is Nick Sweetman who worked with First Nations historian Phil Cote
The main idea of this project is to find an effective way to interpret Cote’s cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation to those who see it. This will help users digitally experience the stories of the artwork.
….this 500 ft. mural is so large and complex…I’ve divided it into four parts
Excerpt from marlapasquin.ca: The client, Nick Sweetman, is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked with muralists and First Nations historian Phil Cote to design a mural to imbue the indigenous oral traditions of storytelling and traditional spiritual perspectives. The 500 ft nature-themed mural celebrates the plants and animals whose natural habitat is the Toronto shoreline.
Yesterday, my husband and I spent the day in Prince Edward County and one the places we went to was Oeno Gallery at the Huff Estate Winery and Inn. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the lovely art inside the gallery and we noticed that a few more sculptures had been added to the garden outside. After speaking to one of the curators of the gallery we found out that the sculpture garden had grown immensely since our last visit. He was very proud to tell us that they now have over 100 sculptures in the garden.
When we went back outside we walked around to the back of the gallery and sure enough there were sculptures far and wide in the massive gardens that surround the estate. I would have liked to have taken photos of all of them but I decided that I would take more photos on our next visit. I have enough photos for the next three or four weeks so I’ve decided to spread them out.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. During COVID so many of us have had more time on our hands because commuting was no longer necessary to get to and from work because we were able to work from home but how many of you made use of that extra hour or two to do something for yourself. I’m painfully aware of this after I spend too much of my day binge watching TV.
One of the best things that my husband and I have done since January is to put aside one day a week, in the middle of the week, get into the car and drive somewhere where we can be in nature and go for long hikes and not worry about crowds of people. We’ve had a wonderful time and each week we become a little more organized. This week we even packed a picnic lunch and some weeks we had dinner cooking in the slow cooker so that when we got home dinner was ready.
Here are some of the wonderful places we have visited since January. These are our ‘brightest gems’ in our lives this year.