Imagine if a coal company were to suddenly decide the top of Knox Mountain should be lopped off to make room for a mining operation.
Sound like the Canada you would want?
This year’s Canada Day extravaganza will debut a piece of a Canadian artist’s exhibition designed to get the people down at Tugboat Bay, and everywhere along the waterfront, thinking about what it means to be Canadian, what this great land is all about and how we, as citizens, should try to preserve it.
“It’s about consumption,” explained Winnipeg native Jarod Charzewski.
The college instructor is now living in South Carolina where mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying resplendent mountain ranges that make Knox look like a mole hill.
Charzewski’s art uses old clothes from consignment operations like the Salvation Army to build depictions of the beautiful landscapes he comes across and point out what the type of overconsumption we’ve become so accustomed to does to these vistas.
When he started working with the material—old pants, sweaters, T-shirts and such—he discovered even the consignment shops aren’t particularly environmentally friendly as the clothing which is donated, but doesn’t sell in the non-profit organizations’ stores, aren’t just given away; the items are destroyed to ensure people will take the time to buy them up rather than wait for them to be given away free.
“I hope the piece will help people just look at that thing they have and think, can I get a few more days out of this T-shirt?” said Charzeski.
But first they’ll have to figure out what the strange trailer of clothing/Knox Mountain top is as it sits in Tugboat Bay.
One of the more unique elements to this year’s Canada Day Festivities, Charzewski’s second hand Knox top will be part of a GeoTag Art project the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is putting on this year.
Passersby will be able to use their smart phones to log on and find out what the installation is all about (www.geotagart.com) and can then consider stopping by the gallery in the Rotary Centre for the Arts to see the rest of the clothing that builds the base of Knox.
For those who might prefer to stick to the more mainstream events, the downtown waterfront will be a hopping celebration again this year.
“Every year we all get a little nostalgic about the wonderful place we call home. It’s a time when we can’t quite put our finger on the emotion, but then it dawns on us that as Canadians we have so much to be thankful for and proud of,” said Renata Mills, executive director of Festivals Kelowna and the mastermind behind the local public celebration.
Festivities this year will include the 38th Annual Folkfest in Prospera Place, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., where people can enjoy five hours of live multicultural performances and ethnic food from many cultures.
There will be Canada Day birthday cake—the cutting is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Prospera Place—and down on the waterfront the Capital News will present the Century 21 Kids Zone.
The Made in Canada marketplace is back with 25 or more artists and there will be four stages of live performances including the Parks Alive! Power Stage, the TD Beach Stage, the Tim Horton’s Kid’s Stage and the new Youth Stage.
Featured performers include Wasabi Collective, Mobadass, The Kelowna POPs Orchestra, and strings of other talented musicians like the Old Time Fiddlers and the Kelowna Liedertafel Choir.
The Kelowna Art Gallery will host its annual Apple Bin Paint-In beginning at 10 a.m. where members of the public paint apple bins.
BC Transit is adding additional bus service to handle the crowds.
Festivities take place in Prospera Place and Waterfront Park.
For complete details please see the Festivals Kelowna website www.festivalskelowna.com or check out the Canada Day schedule of events on A12-13 of today’s Capital News.