All Our Relations - CODAworx

All Our Relations

Submitted by Cobalt Connects

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Client: City of Hamilton, Hamilton Waterfront Trust

Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $320,000

Project Team

Project Concept & Management

Jeremy Freiburger

Cobalt Connects

Lead Designer

Angela DeMontingy

YouNative Fashion Inc.

Glass Fabrication

Paull Rodrigue

Steel Fabrication

Mike Bylik

LaFontaineIronWorks

Overview

All Our Relations is a collaboration between Cree/Metis designer Angela DeMontigny, glass artist Paull Rodrigues, the public art management team of Cobalt Connects and LaFontaine IronWorks. The piece is comprised of 5 towers of hand-made glass beads, each tower is 10′ wide and 40′ tall. The designs depict the narrative of the All Our Relations – Thanksgiving Address of the Haudenosaunee people in more than 7000 hand-made 3″ glass beads. This work will be a monumental piece at the base of James Street on the lands of the Hamilton Port Authority. Installation is planned for summer of 2022.

Goals

The work is celebrating the renewal of the Hamilton Waterfront and anchors the space in the Indigenous teachings of stewardship of the land.

Process

Cobalt Connects, seeing a lack of Indigenous work in civic collections, reached out to Cree/Metis fashion designer Angela DeMontigny to collaborate on the submission. Rooted in sustainable design, the team selected glass artist Paull Rodrigue to create the 7000+ beads for the work.