Public Art: RainCatcher
RainCatcher is a water collecting public art sculpture that’s displayed at the front entrance way of the newly built Edmonds Community Centre. The state-of-the-art 90,000 square foot multi-functional facility serves as the architectural backdrop for the sculpture, and in turn the sculpture will become a significant marker for the building and the local community of Edmonds Community Centre.
RainCatcher is a celebration of nature and nature’s place in our communities. Native plants surround the sculpture, while an abstract canopy of metal foliage collects and trickles rain water from above that brings the sculpture to life.
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Toronto-based Noel Harding is a renowned Canadian artist and urban designer known for his large scale public art projects found throughout the world. His works question and engage how we navigate in public space.
Harding, a member of the City of Toronto’s Art Committee for Public Places, is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and the International Künstler Gremium in Berlin. He has taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the University of Guelph, the University of Windsor and at the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands.
Harding’s work has been showcased in over 200 exhibitions, including institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. His works are also held within the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
His last project, Green Corridor, was an international green bridge initiative that connected Canada and the United States via Windsor, Ontario. The purpose of the project was to help generate focus on public art in open spaces and the ideas of sustainable technologies. The two kilometre length corridor allowed visitors to experience urban landscape and to reimagine green spaces in concrete environments.