A Day and a Year at Libby’s Pond / Un jour et une année au lac Libby 2019

In 1845, Henri David Thoreau spent 2 years, 2 months and 2 days living in seclusion in a small cabin near the shores of Walden Pond, Massachusetts. Being immersed in nature, Thoreau lived simply and reflected abstractly upon the essence…

A Day and a Year at Libby’s Pond  / Un jour et une année au lac Libby 2019

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In 1845, Henri David Thoreau spent 2 years, 2 months and 2 days living in seclusion in a small cabin near the shores of Walden Pond, Massachusetts. Being immersed in nature, Thoreau lived simply and reflected abstractly upon the essence of life while writing “Walden; or, Life in the Woods (p.1854)”, a seminal text of the American Transcendentalist movement. The movement suggested that “divine truth” and individual independence could be known intuitively through personal immersion into nature, meditation and contemplation.

In 2016, inspired in part by Thoreau’s creative process at “Walden Pond”, Steve Heimbecker decided to embark on his own long term immersion project through his practice of field recording. Heimbecker’s subject would be the forest behind his home in the Eastern Townships, near the shores of Lac Libby (Libby’s Pond), Québec.

Steve methodically undertook a weekly regiment of documenting the same forest locale over a period of about 1 year. This work produced of thousands of digital images and dozens of sound files representing the changing days, months, and seasons of the living forest from the last snow of winter to first snow of winter.

The 29 screen wall installation symbolizes 29 weeks. The screens are mounted in a eye or pond like configuration. When viewer activated by motion sensors, “A Day and a Year at Libby’s Pond” becomes a mesmerizing digital kaleidoscope reflecting nature, meditation and contemplation.

4,450 photographs
46 stereo audio field recordings (layered playback) 
29 digital LCD screen array – 130 cm high x 350 cm wide
2 stereo sound-bars

Special thanks to the 2019 group exhibition SPACE 9, Musée des beaux arts de Sherbrooke, QC.

Research Funding 2016:
The Canada Council for the Arts

Production Funding 2018 :
The Canada Council for the Arts

Video documentation & editing :
Steve Heimbecker

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