RESURRECTION marked the 15th anniversary of the Great Ice Storm, a synergy of five successive ice storms that struck Eastern Ontario and Quebec in 1998. The storm was destructive enough to cause over 30 deaths and multiple electrical blackouts. It necessitated the deployment of 15,000 troops, and immobilized larger cities like Montreal and Ottawa. The ice storm also produced some of the most awe-inspiring imagery this nation has ever seen, particularly that of hydro towers collapsed like paper sculptures under the burdensome weight of ice. The collapsed tower has been of particular interest to TH&B, and is the inspiration behind a series of works entitled RESURRECTION. The motive behind these works (which include performance, sculpture, and video) is to entrench the collapsed tower as a poetic metaphor—part of Ontario’s cultural identity, and an expression of the sometimes ugly, sometimes angelic negotiation between natural and urban infrastructures.
Image Credit 1: TH&B, “Resurrection”, (2013) Reclaimed aluminum, poured and hardened molasses, approx. 244 x 213 x 487 cm. Photography: Tor Lukasik-Foss.Image Credit 2: TH&B, “Resurrection”, (2013) Destruction of cardboard cornerboard hydro tower, recorded on video. Video Stills: Tor Lukasik-Foss.