LandMarks2017 is a series of contemporary art projects taking place in national parks and historic sites from coast to coast. This summer, Parks Canada is privileged to host their creators on the banks of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to highlight the country’s 150th birthday!

Douglas Scholes, Wanderer: (re)Marking, 2016-17. Photo : Paul Litherland

Wanderer: (re)marking
To unfold the layers of the Lachine Canal, contemporary artist Douglas Scholes has created “The Wanderer”, a character who roams the canal’s 14.5-km length, examining and collecting the accumulated debris along the historic waterway. Come and meet him!

The walking-based practice of the artist will propose alternative ways to explore the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and surrounding area, using ephemeral, beeswax-cast sculptures as markers — an artistic lens through which the site can be experienced.

Moreover, at the hub of LandMarks2017 is an interactive digital platform for the circulation of ideas, activated by artists and art students, to form a web of discourses addressing concepts of place, environment and the construction of identities. Curious? Don’t wait to visit Partners in Art Website!

Overview of the activities

  • June 10 to 25, 2017: Installation of bees wax buoys in the canal and maintenance performances of the artist
  • June 15 to 25, 2017: animation and discoveries in containers along the canal
  • Event launch: June 17, 2017, on Ilot Charlevoix
    Public lecture and presentation of contributers’ projects with a program inviting the public to come to several surrounding sites for a unique meeting with the artists. The event will be followed by a 7 to 9 at the Terrasse St-Ambroise.
  • Concert on a boat: June 18
    Note: Exact listening spots and schedules will be given to the public so they can enjoy the concert given by a sextet (piano, marimba, guitar, saxophone, bass and clarinet.) The concert will travel along the water to entertain the entire canal!