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Unveiling of Aqua Viva by Kingston Sculptor, Andy Berg

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Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning

370 King Street West

Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

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Great Art for Great Lakes brings community art project AQUA VIVA by Artist Andy Berg to the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning!


Sculpt, glaze, repeat.


Great Art for Great Lakes invite art and ceramic enthusiasts to the unveiling of AQUA VIVA, a Great Art for Great Lakes community art project, on Saturday, September 30th, 2:00pm-3:00pm, at The Tett Centre in the Rehearsal Hall, Room 203


AQUA VIVA, the winning Great Art for Great Lakes submission for Kingston, engages in the discovery, celebration and fostering of our special relationship to the waters of our own Great Lake, Lake Ontario. Proposed by Kingston-based sculptor Andy Berg, this collaborative, low-relief ceramic wall sculpture will be on permanent display at the Tett Centre upon its unveiling.


Berg’s collaborative process of honouring our Great Lakes will engaged volunteer participants in the direct discovery of Lake Ontario through encounters that included walking along the shoreline, sensing and “reading” our Great Lake water world, story-telling, and gathering of information through sketching, journalling and natural found objects. From this, the community used the accumulated knowledge and wisdom to connect with the essence of Lake Ontario through the creation of community elements in stoneware clay as an homage to the beauty and generosity of our own Great Lake. Guided by Andy Berg, the community visually illuminated elemental aspects of Lake Ontario, and in particular, revisioned the symbolism and environmental importance of a key stone species, the Beaver, which happens to live right here in Kingston along our lake waterfront!


Through AQUA VIVA, the Kingston community will creatively discover and support an interconnected world of water and nature, as a way for all citizens to honour and celebrate Lake Ontario in the Ontario and Canada 2017 sesquicentennial and beyond.


About Artist Andy Berg

As an artist, I am attempting to work, grow and simply “be” within a paradigm that values our home and Mother, the planet Earth and that fosters interconnectivity with this through my art, for myself, as well as for others. My work is to be critically engaged, yet be passionate about and compassionate to all of life. This involves both living and creating within a process journey that is ongoing and evolving. My work attempts to fathom, as well as enhance connectivity with Nature and Earth, to try to discern where we stand in this shifting time of late Western capitalism, and to somehow both document and engage with the growing awareness about the wonder, yet fragility of our planet. Increasingly, I apply sculptural and installation strategies that actively involve the viewer physically in some form of action in the work, and I find that this encourages a higher level of investment in my content and processes which seek to promote engagement with nature and the environment.

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