Aqua Viva

Aqua Viva is a community art project which will be led by Kingston sculptor, Andy Berg to engage in the discovery, celebration and fostering of our special relationship to the waters of our own Great Lake, Lake Ontario. Berg will engage the community in her creative processes to collectively sculpt the Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL) collaborative low-relief ceramic wall work entitled Aqua Viva, which will be housed in the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

Sculpt, glaze, repeat. Andy 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!