Rock Ford

This mini-doc, created by our project filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, tracks the process of conceiving and installing the rock ford artworks on Elbow Island Park.

Ramin, interviewing Lane for this mini-doc (January 2019)

The second in a series of mini-docs following The Wandering Island, this short film documents artists Lane Shordee and Kablusiak, as they work on their stone projects in the Elbow River. You can read more about the concepts behind their artworks here.

Kablusiak’s text-engraved stones. Photos by Mike Tan Photo.

The day the rock ford was installed (September 2019)

As of Summer 2020, Elbow Island Park is still inaccessible to people while floodways are mitigated and fish habitats are restored. The project has been delayed twice by inclement weather and high water levels, evidence of the challenge of working in a living environment.

Stepping stones being brought to site in the midst of a Autumn blizzard

While the complexity of the space has made The Wandering Island temporarily impassable for people, there is something poignant about these first artworks settling in to the environment for a few seasons – truly for the audience of birds, bats, beaver, fish, and the occasional curious wanderer. In the words of Kablusiak, “it’s in the public, it’s in the world, and the world is going to reclaim it eventually.”

Read more about Kablusiak and Lane’s artworks here.

Things that both a relative you haven’t seen in a long time and the river could say by Kablusiak, during high flow in June 2021.
Photo by Caitlind Brown.
Ephemeral Perch by Lane Shordee. Photo by Lane Shordee.

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