Connextions Public Art - Augmented Reality
An Echo of Oakville is a multi-disciplinary installation that includes both physical and digital elements. The sculpture made from mirror shards fosters a space of self-reflection, compelling viewers to think more deeply about themselves and the spaces that surround them, specifically Oakville.
On this webpage you will find one of the two additional AR sculptures that flank the tennis courts at Glen Abbey. These pieces acknowledge some of different parts of Oakville's history that may be forgotten or not recognized.
This was done with assistance from Luigi Cody Nicastro and Matthew Davies
How to Access the Augmented Reality Sculpture
Download ‘SketchFab’ to your phone
Search user: Nghtwlk
Open the ‘Strawberry Bush’ Model
Tap the cube on the top right of your screen
Place the Object by taping on the field ahead of you
It is widely known that in 1850 the United States passed the Fugitive Slave Act, an act that gave power to local officials and even residents to capture and arrest runaway enslaved African Americans. The development of this Act led to the creation of the Underground Railroad as many African Americans sought refuge in Canada, even in Oakville. Although our Town was not an official ‘stop’ on the railroad, Oakville became home to many escapees. One of these people was James Wesley Hill, an escapee who managed to find work in Oakville before starting his own strawberry farm here on Ninth Line. This digital strawberry field has been created to honour James as he also became a ‘conductor’ for the underground railroad and led 700-800 more African Americans to Oakville.
Additionally, the Glen Abbey ward of Oakville has evolved to represent Oakville holistically as a space widely known for its contributions to the Canadian Open. While this is a historical achievement for Oakville, it is important to acknowledge land that was traditionally home to the Indigenous communities of Oakville. Between the 1600-1700’s, treaties with the British brought in new settlements of people that pushed out our Indigenous community members. In a means to honour and acknowledge this land, this field of strawberries reflects the history taught from the Moccasin Trails within Oakville.
Strawberries are referred to as the heart berry, not only due to their shape but as an important part of Indigenous cuisine and medicinal practices. The heart berry is also a symbol of love and reconciliation, and inspires people to remain connected with friends and families. As a fruit that comes from a complex system of roots and leaves, it’s the berry, the heart, that is the most important.