Lake Ontario Portrait


Lake Ontario Portrait will bring together the community of Hamilton to share memories of Lake Ontario, conversations surrounding the liveliness of the lake, and our responsibilities towards it. Working together, we will create a wall-based sculpture that takes mud as its medium. Community members will be invited to bring a sample of mud from a location along the lake that is meaningful to them. The mud will then be place in clear prisms, along with nutrients that encourage microbial growth.   Artist Bio

at the Hamilton Public Library



Situated at the west end of Lake Ontario, the City of HAMILTON remains the traditional territory for the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

Including Confederation Park, Pier 8, and Bayfront Park, Hamilton’s relationship with Lake Ontario has always been a significant one. However, operating as an important industrial development area for the region has taken its toll on the harbour. Since the 1990’s, ecological controls have begun to restore the waterway.

Do you know about the massively successful Randle Reef Remediation project? Multiple stakeholders came together cooperatively to restore one of the most contaminated sites on the Great Lakes. Projects such as these demonstrate that the communities of Hamilton understand their responsibility when it comes to Lake Ontario, the environment, creatures, and the people of this area.

Lake Ontario was formed by glaciers 10,000 to 14,000 years ago and is the source of Hamilton’s drinking water.