ABOUT


Infill challenges our contemporary practice of land reclamation through the placement of large concrete artificial reef structures into familiar public and accessible spaces which previously belonged to the sea and its inhabitants.

By exhibiting these unfamiliar forms in plain-sight, amongst the infrastructure of both the terrestrial and urban, Infill calls into question our community’s sense of place, and seeks to conceptually undermine the very existence of the land on which that community is built. These sculptural forms, which typically belong fathoms-deep not at face-height, serve as robust reminders of the natural history of the region, and allow us to consider the geologic mimicry of human materials. Audiences are invited to view the works from as close or from as far as they are able, to either examine their form and negative spaces, or their role within the context of the greater urban fabric.

Upon the conclusion of THIRD SHIFT, these reef balls will be placed into the Bay of Fundy and the Wolastoq [St. John River] as natural habitat, functioning as a legacy contribution to the festival as they fill a meaningful role within our ongoing reconciliation of the delicate relationship between humanity and the natural world.

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Graeme Stewart-Robertson is the Global Hub Coordinator for People Protecting Landscapes and Seascapes, a project of WWF-International, supporting the vital role Indigenous and local communities around the world play in protecting and safeguarding land and seascapes essential to global conservation goals. Contributing to environmental and arts initiatives across Atlantic Canada, Graeme brings his unique insight and passion to issues ranging from arts advocacy to climate change. With over thirteen years of experience in designing, implementing and managing community-based projects, his work challenges our collective relationship with landscape and nature and continues to explore the depths of how we define humanity and its role in natural systems.

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