Friday, January 22, 2010

Inniskillin, French CBC

Inniskillin has made an official announcement that the company will be the Presenting Sponsor for ICE GATE for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games at Richmond City Hall. 'Beauty' shots by Al Burns below:

The City of Richmond has been working a long time to realize this sponsorship, which will help them pay their costs of producing this enormous and complex installation, as well as their costs in The OZone. Check out the story in Dine Out magazine:

We met yesterday on the site to talk about their plans - a 60' tent right across from ICE GATE which will serve as host to their wine bar, to be open throughout the games. Viewers of ICE GATE can sample wines while viewing the installation. I finally met Ted Townsend, Lisel Jauk and Shivauna Brown. Also Eric Doucet, audio/visual tech.

They're also commissioning the creation of a poster of the installation - a gorgeous image of ICE GATE - which will be sold at their tent for $10, with proceeds going to support Olympic athletes. I'll quote this from their press release, because it is so apt: Inniskillin’s association with Gordon Halloran came about from a chance meeting between the artist and Inniskillin founder Donald Ziraldo at the 2006 Torino Winter Games. Their joint appreciation for art, ice crystals, Icewine and the changing temperatures that impact both provided the basis for the relationship to grow.

Last year Inniskillin (an official sponsor of the games) released a Commemorative Icewine, which features Halloran’s unique artwork on the label. A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold supports the Canadian Olympic team and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

CBC-TV, Radio Canada came to visit yesterday, just before the last few pours,

interviewing Emmanuelle, who speaks French wonderfully (as she is from France!)

She was gutsy and intelligent taking on all the questions for the artist in French, while the crew carried on around.

Here they are just before the 'wall of cold': Moina Blanchet, journalist and Jonathan Bierman, camerman

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ice Gate goes Global

This just in - the Global TV piece will air this Friday January 22nd on Channel 11 from 6 - 7 PM. PRIME TIME! Also there is a feature in the Coast Reporter which comes out today. More . . . .


Bob Nixon's TV piece made it to aol video:

SHAW STUDIO 4 interview with Fanny Kiefer on Wednesday January 13, 2010

Photos by Allan May, Jaz Halloran and Al Burns

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Broken cuts - 21 days to open

Art has all but finished hooking up the refrigeration, and the insulation should be on the back of the wall. Nail biting while we wait for the wall's completion, as everyday its construction goes further over budget, a reality we have to somehow absorb. Gord says it's a Cadillac wall, when from the beginning, our budget was for a Ford.

I guess it wouldn’t be interesting, if we didn’t have any white knuckle anxieties on these gigs. Add to that, my laptop crashed on Friday, and the house up the street was burgled in broad daylight. Then I turned on the tele, for mindless distraction, and the gut- wrenching human tragedy in Haiti dwarfed my civilized concerns.

It reminds me of the opening of Pitture Sotto Zero in Fenestrelle for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. There had been no snow since December; people were wondering how do you have the winter Olympics with no snow? We were similarly stressed with the never ending expenses, mounting against our finite personal funds, not to mention the creative challenges of the ‘mostra’.

And then, the night before we opened, it started snowing. It was absolutely magical. Sasa Petricic arrived in our little town just before the big snowfall, and we were all trapped together in the storm.

After what seemed like hours in the cold church while Sasa filmed for The National, we packed into the local pizzeria, shivering and hungry in the dark, but comforted by candlelight on the table and the smell of Italian cooking upstairs. Sasa had just gotten back from Banda Aceh and spoke of the devastation of the December tsunami there. I remember him talking about bodies hanging in the trees, boats upside down on top of houses, an entire world helpless, homeless, without family, or food, mourning their beloved.

We do have our own real challenges - the world is coming to our doorstep to see what we're presenting and they're expecting it to be beautiful and go off without a hitch. Since last week Gord's been holding the tension of all this on his shoulders in the determined way that he does, always working out some alternative to make it bearable before he says a word.

He steals himself against the angst as he needs mental space for the explosive creative. Which right now, is urgently necessary and very exciting. Here is a photo Al Burns took last week, which shows the focus of the work now.

This morning for the first time they talked about ‘the move’ to the site. They’ve begun cutting: 'thinner cuts', ‘off cuts’, ‘cracked cuts’, ‘broken cuts’ - the kind that make the work shimmer. They’re solving the installation problems before the move, and Erik is teaching others how to use the portable circular saw. Below: does art reflect life? Or life, art?

Emmanuelle Renard, our new recruit, just sent some photos of Ice Gate at the Senior's Center - where she works on Tuesdays in a program called "The Arts, Health and Seniors Project". The seniors loved the extra Ice Gate shards. Learn more about the program:

We’ve uploaded Bob Nixon's CBC-TV to UTube. Check it out on the right side of this blog. Also look for Matt Hoekstra’s article in The Richmond Review this week.