Trail Mix Museum

Trail Mix Museum

Opening Saturday, October 22, 2 pm
Pipeline Trail between Tragina Avenue North and Weir Street North, Hamilton

As part of our ongoing collaboration on art and community engagement in East Hamilton, Red Tree Artists’ Collective, The Hamilton Dialogues and Pipeline Trail Hamilton are excited to present the project “Trail Mix Museum.” The multi-disciplinary installation of contemporary and historical visual art, dubpoetry and youth art follows the inaugural “Mural Trail Head” presentation of labour artist and activist Leonard Hutchinson’s “Webster’s Falls” in 2018. It succeeds as well youth and community collaborations along the Pipeline Trail, and the 2020 temporary art installation series “The Last Days of Ice and Snow.” Conceived in response to closure of museums and galleries during the pandemic, “Trail Mix Museum” will continue to offer 24/7 access to artwork for neighbours and visitors in East Hamilton.

For the outdoor presentation, four original artworks on paper by Delio Delgado, Shelley Niro, Dámarys Sepúlveda and Leonard Hutchinson were enlarged, printed on vinyl, and mounted on durable panels to be attached to fences and outbuildings lining the trail. New works by Nathan Eugene Carson, Klyde Broox, as well as their collaboration with Adam, Akil, Alexander, Anna, Anisa, Avayin, Bram, Charlie, Charlise, Evan, Idris, James, Jeremiah, Joshua, Josiah, Larisa, Naomi, Olly, Ruth, Shiloh, Sophia, Temi and Zecharia, children and youth from ACCA which will be installed in the parkette east of Tragina Av N.

Locations of Museum walls:

East of Edgemont St N, shed:
Delio Delgado: untitled (giraffe), 2019, serigraph

East of Province St N, fence:
Shelley Niro: Resting with Warriors (Spirit), 2002, woodcut

East of Crosthwaite Ave N, garage:
Dámarys Sepúlveda: Lava II, 2021, linocut, and
Leonard Hutchinson: Builders of Roads, 1935, woodcut

Between Tragina Av N and Weir St N, new structure:
Nathan Eugene Carson: untitled, 2022, mixed media
Klyde Broox: echo-mirror, 2022, mixed media
Youth Mural – Youth and children participated in the creation of visual art and poetry via virtual hands-on workshops led by Klyde Broox and Nathan Eugene Carson in collaboration with the Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association (ACCA).
+  In addition to the permanent exhibitions by youth and professional artists in the parkette, a “Creative Commons Wall” will invite contributions by local youth. Two panels on the wall will be primed twice a year, so that youth may add new ideas.

Imagery presented along the trail establishes connections to the industrial and ecological history of the 6 km pipeline that has carried clean water to the City of Hamilton underneath the trail since 1859. Over the years, industry and property owners have encroached on the park land, and in 2015 Hamilton published a “Pipeline Trail Master Plan.” At present, a number of properties still have garages facing the trail, and cars frequently drive over it at intersections with laneways. Though not literally “environmental” in content or media, the pieces on exhibition reference water, land, people and the environments they built.

The exhibition takes place on the lands of the Haudenosaunee, Mississauga, Wendat and Neutral People (Attawandaron) under the Dish with One Spoon Treaty. We acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Hamilton, and My Main Street (funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario).