It’s the third year that the team has been out there, and we decided to shift our focus. As one art teacher put it: no self-respecting artist shows the exact same work twice. Not only did we expand our installation, but we wanted to focus a lot more on the content that we would be putting into them.
Now, we feel that the domes themselves are art pieces. They are built with our own hands to be beautiful engaging spaces that we feel add to the aesthetic and emotional wellbeing of any place they inhabit. There is always an intentional focus on the colours and the geometry, and we really do believe that these domes have something to offer on a deeper spiritual level. They’re not just infrastructure, they are built to truly contribute to the environments they’re set up in.
But that being said, we are also aware that they are containers. They are meant to house something. And now that we’re at a point in the design process where the basic design of the dome is highly functional, we can start focusing on what type of environments and art we want to create in each individual dome.
Last year we brought the Shade Archipelago, four domes that each housed their own interactive zone. Two of the domes were participatory art installations, and then two of the domes were used more as infrastructure space, although the exteriors were still considered.
We had the Chromodome, which was a Scout frame that people could tie pieces of fabric onto. It was extremely successful in engaging people, and by the end of the weekend the frame was completely covered.
We had the Orison Dome, which housed the Prayer Flag Project, a moving installation that toured Canada last year. In it people could add their own prayer flag to the end of a chain that grew from city to city.
We had the Soccer Dome, which we installed between two goals on either side. The dome was used as a playing field as well as housing some workshops.
And we had the Big Top, which was used as a space that housed a theatre troupe, as well as jugging and flow arts workshops.
Although we did make artistic choices for those domes, there wasn’t really a theme that linked the four domes together, and we were still focusing on the design of the domes a little bit more than turning them into artistic spaces.
This year we wanted to be more intentional about the artistic vision behind the installation. The base of this project started with the idea of these domes being chambers, and that we wanted each chamber to have a different experience that the participants could go through in succession. We also decided to do something that I’ve wanted to do for years- we nestled the domes into each other and made rooms off of a larger chamber in the middle, creating one large installation.
We called the project Shaded Chambers. It had a large central room that served as the access point to other four spaces, made from two small Scout domes, and two Nomads. There was the Chamber of Rebirth, the Chamber of Reflection, the Chamber of Exchange, and the Chamber of Transformation. Together they made a series of experiences that were able to shift the energy and experience of the participants.
The end result turned out incredible. We were so full of participants that I could barely move at times, and I had more than a few conversations with people who were extremely engaged or touched by the spaces. The entire weekend absolutely reinforced in us that the focus of these domes is as functional artistic spaces, and with the added intentionality to make these into engaging art installations, these domes truly fulfill their purpose.
Full images of these new installations coming soon!
Article written by Jodi Sharp