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Place no. 5 – Lethbridge Regional Landfill Site


Updated: Monday, July 12, 2010

Location: Lethbridge Regional Landfill
To get there: 28th Street North and continue north past city limits (follow the trucks)
Go to map
This final Monument will be installed near the scales at the entrance of the Lethbridge Regional Landfill on September 28, 2009 – The duration of its install has yet to be determined.

Leth Landfill-web
Place no.5 before installation of final monument

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This is the Monument that I will install at the Lethbridge Regional Landfill on Monday (the 28th).  It is in its early stage. The finished version will see the four plexglas cubes filled with beeswax casts of refuse and places on the site at the landfill with the wooden palette as part of the piece.

The plexiglas cubes are in fact former plinth covers that the SAAG had in storage.  They were really in bad shape and could never have been used for display, which made them perfect for this final monument.  It was thanks to Ryan Doherty (the SAAG curator) that I had to opportunity to use these.  I was in a state trying to figure out how it was the final monument was to take shape.  Originally, I had thought to take the accumulated casts and just stake them one on top of each other. As the time to install the monument approached, I  realized the casts were not going to stack well, giving at best a tower that would be more like a blob.  It was Ryan who had the idea to use the plinth covers after I had suggested that I wanted to recreate the shelf with the cast beeswax pieces (see the Studio page) but had not the proper materials to do so.


Monday, September 28th, 2009

With the help of work done the day before by Nicolas de Cosson, I was prepared to install the final monument at the Lethbridge Regional landscape.  On Monday, Ryan Doherty, Christina Cuthbertson and myself set out for the landfill to place the final monument on the site.  The preparation of the site as a residential hazardous waste and recyclables drop-off location is still in the process of being finished.  When the city is through, the site will be fenced and there will be other materials and equipment along with the residential stuff that has been dropped off .



Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Nicolas de Cosson returned to the landfill to find that the monument was still standing and that the casts had slumped and compressed to fill about one third of the cubes.

Photos: Nicolas de Cosson
Photos: Nicolas de Cosson

Monument-Sept30-compress-de Photos: Nicolas de Cosson
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 Adrian and Val Cooke went to the landfill site and found that the fence had been erected  (it was a city plan to do so to enclose the recycling drop off location for local citizens) and that the Monument had changed. I’m not sure whether the fence building activity or the powerful Southern Alberta winds were responsible for the damage.
Photos: Adrian Cooke

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
After seeing the state of the Monument at the landfill, Adrian and Val Cooke offered to take it to their home.  They placed it behind their garage and allowed it to be, for a while longer.

Photos: Adrian Cooke

Saturday, December 6, 2009
Winter set in early with a huge snow storm.

Photos: Adrian Cooke

April 22, 2010
Spring heat further collapses the beeswax objects

Photos: Adrian Cooke

June 21, 2010
As the summer solstice comes into being, this rainy day seems a suitable setting for the end of the monument.  Adrian has kept the piece ‘alive’ for just over eight months longer than I had initially thought. The remaining ‘slugs’ of wax will be shipped to me in Montreal and the Plexiglas cubes are to be tossed in the landfill.  I am forever grateful to Adrian, Val and Elliot Cooke for their efforts in maintaining this the last monument of the project, allowing it to run its course.  Thank you.

Photos: Adrian Cooke


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