Witching & Wandering with Others > Quarry Park, Calgary

A collaborative project with artist Sarah Nordean, 2016-17

Developed and curated by artists Alana Bartol and Sarah Nordean, Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers) was a public art project that materialized in Quarry Park, Calgary, Alberta. Through dowsing, the artists invited the public to explore the residential, commercial, and recreation areas of Quarry Park. Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers) imagines walking and dowsing as forms of openness: to possibilities, to questions, to resisting the imposing and organizing forces of the city.

As part of this project, five Calgary-based artists and five participants in the dowsing walk created small, handheld artworks in response to the history of Quarry Park. The ten works created will be placed in weatherproof containers and concealed on site (June 2017). They are discoverable through a map revealing their locations. A publication is forthcoming.

Please visit: www.waterwitching.wordpress.com

Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers) was supported by The City of Calgary's Public Art program.

Top: Water-witching Walk in Quarry Park Photo: Bryce Krynski
Bottom: Container with artwork and guestbook