Hamilton Artists Planting the Great Lakes at McMaster

Hamilton Artists Planting the Great Lakes at McMaster

June 30, 2016 | Published by MMA
TH&B artists begin installation of Basin in McMaster Museum of Art Artist Garden today.
TH&B artists begin installation of Basin in McMaster Museum of Art Artist Garden today.

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This summer, TH&B, a creative partnership of Hamilton-based artists Simon Frank, Dave Hind, Ivan Jurakic and Tor Lukasik-Foss, is producing a new work of art for the McMaster Museum of Art’s Artist Garden.

The artists began to install the work this morning!

The installation is titled Basin and its foundation is a metal structure with forms of the Great Lakes on it. To this they will add a mix of plants to reflect contrasting elements of the geography that we share and occupy.

“Our plan is for the Great Lakes billboard to function as a trellis. Over two seasons we essentially want to see it grown over and integrated into the garden site as if it had always been there—a modern ruin,” says Ivan Jurakic.

TH&B installing 'Basin' in the McMaster Museum of Art's Artist Garden
TH&B installing ‘Basin’ in the McMaster Museum of Art’s Artist Garden

Resuscitating the moniker of the defunct railway that once serviced the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo rail corridor from 1895-1987, the TH&B team develops projects that are responsive to site, context, and history. Collaborating on all aspects of authorship and production, TH&B examines the intersection of rural, urban and industrial environments.

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The Museum launched the Artist Garden project in 2014 with Simon Frank’s Untilled – a beautiful living work inspired in large part by a Paul Klee painting in the McMaster Museum of Art collection.