Water Mother now on display

Michael Barber’s Water Mother is now on display in the Norfolk Arts Centre.Water Mother is a wood-and-resin sculpture that combines woodworking and sandblasting that was created in partnership with Great Art for Great Lakes. The public participated in the creation of the piece by making marks to be sandblasted into the wood.“It was difficult to come up with a concept because I wanted to come up with something that I thought was worthy,” said Barber. “I found a way to include the public by them leaving their mark. It’s satisfying to see it done now.”Barber held events throughout the summer for the public to learn about their commitment to water, and to create a mark to be placed on the installment.Close to 150 locals created marks for the piece. Before they were able to create their mark they completed a survey about their involvement in preserving the Great Lakes.“I think that we all need to do better, and I think that this is a symbol of the commitment our community has made to Lake Erie and the water in general,” said Barber. “I just hope that it serves as a reminder that we have to do better.”Early in the spring artists submitted proposals to Great Art for Great Lakes for a community-engagement project to strengthen local residents’ relationship with the Great Lakes. Barber, along with Suzanne Earls and Holly Anderson, were the artists chosen for the project.The concepts of the proposals needed to be a piece that would include members of the public, and be something that would spread awareness of water pollution and the health of the Great Lakes.Water Mother is now permanently installed in the Norfolk Arts Centre and can be viewed by the public.“This is a beautiful building in downtown Simcoe, it’s an honour to have my work included here,” said Barber.The Depths and Consequences piece created by Earls and Anderson will be unveiled at the Port Dover Harbour Museum on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.astaylor@postmedia.com

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