Installations

Katharine Harvey: Ferris Wheel, 2013

Ferris Wheel

2013

welded steel, concrete ballast, LED lights

17 x 21 x 22 feet

Katharine Harvey: Chandelier, 2013

Chandelier

2013

recycled plastic, aluminum hoops, monofilament

21 x 15 x 15 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall, 2013

Waterfall

2013

recycled plastic, monofilament

18 x 34 x 2 feet

Katharine Harvey: Chandelier, 2012

Chandelier

2012

recycled plastic, aluminum hoops, monofilament

21 x 15 x 15 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall Horseshoe, 2011

Waterfall Horseshoe

2011

recycled plastic, monofilament

19 x 18 x 17 feet

Katharine Harvey: Above and Below, 2010

Above and Below

2010

recycled plastic, monofilament

24 x 24 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall, 2010

Waterfall

2010

recycled plastic, fishing net

20 x 27 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall, 2009

Waterfall

2009

recycled plastic, monofilament

13 x 34 x 4 feet

Katharine Harvey: Chandelier, 2009

Chandelier

2009

recycled plastic, monofilament, aluminum hoops

21 x 15 x 15 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall (Nuit Blanche), 2008

Waterfall (Nuit Blanche)

2008

6000 lbs of recycled water bottles, hockey arena netting, aircraft cable

30 x 74 x 20 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall (Canadian Art), 2008

Waterfall (Canadian Art)

2008

recycled plastic, monofilament, curtain stands

8 x 60 x 2 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall (Fly Gallery), 2007

Waterfall (Fly Gallery)

2007

recycled plastic, monofilament

8 x 8 x 4 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall (Harbourfront), 2007

Waterfall (Harbourfront)

2007

recycled plastic, monofilament

10 x 20 x 5 feet

Katharine Harvey: Waterfall (Rodman Hall), 2006

Waterfall (Rodman Hall)

2006

recycled plastic, dollar store items, monofilament

10 x 11 x 2 feet

Katharine Harvey: Fountain (Making Room), 2006

Fountain (Making Room)

2006

recycled plastic, monofilament

12 x 10 x 12 feet

Katharine Harvey: Seasick, 2003

Seasick

2003

mixed media installation

7.5 x 12 x 2.5 feet

Katharine Harvey: To The Depths, 2002

To The Depths

2002

mixed media installation

8 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet

INSTALLATIONS

These site-specific installations created between 2001 and present are sculptural meditations on the politics of water. By transforming recycled plastic containers on a grand scale, the installation works create a provocative social commentary on the excesses of consumer society.

Dollar store items appear in early works, recalling the natural and unnatural phenomenon of Niagara Falls—as famous for its iconic kitsch souvenirs as its spectacular cascade. More recent works, including a two-storey waterfall installed outside the Ontario Power Generation building, enact a powerful metamorphosis of banal plastic cast-offs into a waterfall-like effect.

The installations consist of disposable plastic vessels, collected from neighbourhood recycling bins and tied together with monofilament. Shredded water bottles are manipulated on a massive scale to represent the very substance they once contained. The project builds in scope and scale as each successive commission subsumes and incorporates the last.