Feb 7-17, 2025 • Laurier Park
Edmonton's longest running winter festival!
This work of art was created by Whittyn Jason in response to the play The Generator by Josh Languedoc and was commissioned by the Silver Skate Festival in 2023 with support from the Edmonton Arts Council.
Whittyn Jason is a scenographer and lighting designer based in amiskawaciy. In their theatre work, they aim to bring elements of nature and installation into traditional and unconventional spaces. In their installation work, they aim to incorporate theatricality and their love of light design. With ‘The Generator’, they wanted to experiment with temporal and natural elements like ice melting/refreezing due to the weather cycle to illustrate effects of industrialization, as well as to animate the folk trail itself and give it a life cycle of its own.
Whittyn says of their work: I aim to complement Languedoc’s work by using light, ice, natural dyes, repurposed/found items, and the element of time to tell the story of his folk tale. Visitors are able to enter from either ends of the trail and walk to where community and industry meet beneath garlands of repurposed materials. Using ice means that the installation shifts due to the changes in temperature, exacerbated by rapid industrialization.
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