How to do ICE BOX PEC 2020 ❄️
Step into a magical winter wonderland filled with art, music, dancing and surprises galore! Experience five all-new art installations, take in a concert, dance in the snow or cozy up around the campfire, all in a charming picture-perfect setting. This public art event from The Department of Illumination promises that you’ll experience both art and winter like never before.
By Krista Dalby
Art in the heart of winter…
… And in the heart of Picton! Five colourful wooden huts adorn the grounds of the historic Macaulay Heritage Park. Each “ice box” contains an interactive art installation, many created in collaboration with community members. Step inside and discover these creations by local artists:
PRINT – Genna Kusch and Chrissy Poitras have created a series of screen prints that they’ve transformed into interactive pop-ups; intricate works reminiscent of the pop-up books we all know and loved in childhood.
GROW – ICE BOX is all about embracing winter, but you *might* just find yourself in a different season when you step inside Susanne Larner’s installation ‘GROW,’ inspired by Victorian greenhouses.
BE HERE NOW – Hri Neil presents a creative play-space for all ages featuring magnetic walls and a multitude of images available for arrangement; contribute to an ever-shifting collage.
STITCH – Nella Casson collaborated with her mother, Marion Casson, to create STITCH; inspired by a recent train journey the two artists took across Canada. All aboard!
MAP – Andrea Piller worked with students from Prince Edward County and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to create mixed media maps of the region. Step inside for a colourful birds-eye view.
The Price is Right…
ICE BOX is free to visit. Open 11 AM to 5 PM February 1-2 and 8-9, 2020 on the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park, you can stay as long as you’d like and return as many times as you wish. Donations are gratefully accepted, and you can show your appreciation by stuffing the donation boxes.
There is plenty of programming on offer, so make sure to check the schedule to plan your visit.
Children will love the art, but there are lots of other activities for kids of all ages; grown-ups welcome, too!
Dancer and choreographer Arwyn Carpenter leads Crackle and Pop: Dance for Everyone, a joyful group dance happening daily at ICE BOX… watch for whimsical forest creatures who may appear beside you!
Take part in the Flow Workshop with The Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts who will teach you the art and fun of object manipulation.
Taste the ultimate Canadian indulgence: Maple Taffy! Chef Chris Byrne turns snow and local maple syrup into a delectable treat.
ICE BOX kicks off with a presentation from Six String Nation about Canada’s most famous guitar, Voyageur. Have your portrait taken with this Canadian treasure by a professional photographer, and it will be emailed to you later as a souvenir of the experience.
Juno Award-winning Justin Rutledge performs an intimate concert in Macaulay Church on February 2 (sorry – sold out! But maybe you’ll spot him later around the campfire?).
Birdbone Theatre comes to ICE BOX, performing The Patron Saint of Objects Lost in Drawers. Meet at the fire circle and you will be led to the secret performance location!
History and Heritage…
Enjoy heritage demonstrations from The County’s weavers and spinners, as well as Janice Brant’s demonstration of ancient indigenous tools.
Take a self-guided tour of historic Macauly Heritage Park, and peruse these exhibits:
- Winters of Yore (Macaulay Church) is an exhibition of historical artifacts that illustrates the realities of winters past, touching upon themes of fashion, transportation, recreation, refrigeration and more!
- Ladies of the House (Macaulay House) A series of fantastical female forms, created by local artist SaraLou Miller, has moved into the house for the winter. Marie Antoinette awaits her cake in the dining room, Josephine Baker sidles up to the piano in the parlour. You never know who you might meet!
Have a snack…
Visit the ICE BOX Snack Shack for s’mores kits, unicorn hot chocolate, and savoury snacks, too!
Enjoy some wood-fired pizza or hearty soup, available at Macaulay House.
Let Your Freak Flag Fly…
ICE BOX culminates in a wild and eclectic community procession. Borrow one of our costumes or flags or bring your own. We’ll sing together, take in a fire spinning performance by Trellis Arts & Entertainment, and gather in a closing ceremony.