The Canadian winter, for those us grounded north of the 49th parallel can be a bit of a misery. All the hot shots, hats, scarves and a warm Timmy's may not be enough to sooth the feeling of wishing we could hibernate until April. Since this isn't a very realistic wish (that's why they call it a wish), Kingston artist, David Dossett saw a need to get people to have a new perspective on our chilly season. He saw a need to keep community engaged during the colder winter months, which is no small feat! And of course, he saw accomplishing that with art!
And so it began, a great idea to embrace these elements near and maybe not so dear to our hearts; a reason to smile in the dim light of 4:00pm. David's idea is to give people the desire to get outside, and do that as community. It's an opportunity to see downtown Kingston via a walking/driving tour. It's a chance to see historic buildings and new neighbourhoods. David's idea is called Froid'Art and it doesn't get any more Canadian than that! This is the second year for Froid'Art, the second year for art and community to meet up.
This uniquely Canadian public art exhibit in downtown Kingston celebrates our winter and we feel like this season could use a little love. So to help you see the up side to your misery (and we think there is one) we want you to get out of the lazy-boy, turn off the TV, put your mittens on and hit the streets!The artists of Froid'Art each had a 16"x20" piece of Mylar, acrylic paint or Sharpie markers and the imagination only an artist can have. We created images to be encased (this is not being dramatic) into 300 pound blocks of ice. We promise they will be gone before May!
The blocks are placed in various locations in downtown Kingston. All of the blocks are illuminated at night and the effect on the images is brilliant! Yes, we just patted ourselves on the back a little.
Make some hot chocolate, get your camera, your neighbour and see "what we have created!" (That's a hint to one of the installations ;))
The artists have brought you everything from children playing to winter landscapes and an aquarium to city sites in Kingston! As a matter of fact, there are 20 blocks in the downtown area, all waiting to be discovered!
Winter is with us for a while, there's no use denying that fact. David's 300 pound idea makes us want to go for a walk!