Electrical Currents. Public Art, for Winnipeg Arts Council. 2018
Electrical Currents is an abstract sculpture of a water turbine (that is used in many of Manitoba Hydro projects), which is constructed with unfinished steel to give it a finished rustic look as well as to limit the required maintenance in our extreme temperature range. The base is anchored into the ground through a concrete foundation, secured with a center shaft that has laser cuts chevrons to reference the symbol of water or (Nibi) that lights up soft glow in the dark. Each cut allows for the light to bleed out in the night from the shaft at the same time light will project out of the top circle that will be the center of the laser cut Metis family flower pattern. The top circle is a shield and creates a shadowed effect to demonstrate how we are all connected to the water, to people and to the earth. Two additional mini sculptures are beside the main work that are steel turbine blades base that is toped with hand cast glass of a rock that is illuminated with engraved pictographic images. The pictographs will be the path of life, and reference to the little people as each of these have specific meaning and each tell different stories about the land and our relationship to it. This artwork will investigate which bodies and lands are seen, heard and represented in a competing colonial landscape such as Winnipeg, Canada.