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.   Artist Bio

at The Tett Centre, Kingston

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!

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KINGSTON  is on the North East end of Lake Ontario and is the traditional territory for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Kingston was named the first capital of the Province of Canada on February 10, 1841. Tranquility can be found along the stunning Kingston Waterfront on the newly laid path starting at Confederation Basin. Kingstonians recognize that good quality fresh water is essential, and that their natural environment relies on it to support their quality of life.

Did you know that Lake Ontario never completely freezes, as it is too deep. The last time the entire surface of the lake froze over was in 1934.

On occasion the near-city surface of Lake Ontario freezes to become a natural skating rink linking Kingston to nearby islands. Those daring enough to venture out are treated to breathtaking sunsets.