Location: Grand Beach, Manitoba
Type: Public Art / Plaza / Competition
Status: Design Development
Client: Trails Manitoba Grand Beach Gateway: B2B Trailhead Design Competition
TRANSPLANT to move or transfer (something) to another place or situation, typically with some effort or upheaval
The landscape of Manitoba shifts dramatically. From prairie to forest to lake to cliff, vast spaces and tight caverns, sand, stone, soil. The means in which we navigate and move through these landscapes affects our understanding of place. Historically, we walked, paddled, explored. The development of rail and road required trees to be cut, stone to be blasted, wetlands to be filled. The Border to Beaches Trail allows us to explore again, through both wild and settled places. The landscape at each end of the trail is immensely different yet composed of the same material. Stone to sand – sand to stone.
Transplant creates a connection to the landscape of the Canadian Shield at the opposite trailhead. A large granite boulder found in the Whiteshell area is transplanted to Grand Beach. In the Whiteshell, the boulder is a wallflower. At Grand Beach, it is an icon and a marker.
A pattern of sand grains scattered at the edge of the beach become holes drilled through the stone. The holes (small enough to prevent climbing) engage us and invite us to interact with the boulder. Reminiscent of core samples and blast holes, they frame views of the sky/water gradient. They create peek holes where secrets are shared. As soil and water collect over time, tiny gardens grow. The holes allow us to focus on unique parts and pieces of the surrounding landscape while transporting us to another place and time.
Transplant is a living sculpture that helps us make connections to the landscapes we love.