This outdoor installation was commissioned by Cambridge Galleries as part of Common Ground in Cambridge, Ontario. Channelled Buried Moved Lost: Where Did Mill Creek Go? is a site-specific installation that encompasses ten locations across Cambridge, mapping the historic journey of Galt’s phantom Mill Creek in celebration of its profound visual and cultural heritage. This ten-point walk is paired with a website, that showcases archival maps and photographs of the lost creek, its ponds, and bridges.

View of Site Seven (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Site Seven

The intersection of Mill Creek and Main Street sparked our curiosity, as the rushing waters that form the backbone of major green spaces plunged without celebration into a giant concrete culvert, disappearing underground. After tracing the creek through archival maps, we discovered its true paths and its pivotal importance to the history of Galt: The intersection of Mill Creek and the Grand River is the reason that Galt was founded at this spot in 1816. How could such an important piece of natural infrastructure disappear visually and culturally? How long does it take to forget? To reveal the history of Mill Creek, we created a walk-cum-installation that takes visitors on a journey through downtown Galt, complete with clues that map the lost creek’s path from the point it is buried at Main and Wellington, as it travels to the Grand. Our hope is that by creating a physical tracing of memory, in conjunction with the web archive, we will help the people of Cambridge rediscover and rebuild a piece of their history – one that has only recently faded away.

View of Site Five (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
(Half of) Site Five
View of Site Four (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Site Four
View of Site Two (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Site Two
View of Site Ten (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Site Ten
A dot at Site Eight (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Site Eight before text application
View of Site Seven from the culvert (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Site Seven from the inside
Visitors to the exhibition (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Visitors to the exhibition · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
The introductory panel (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The introductory panel · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
cbml-in-2622 (photo: PLANT)
Installation at Site Four · Photo: PLANT
Volunteers helping with stencil assembly (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Preparation of the stencils for installation
Stencilling Site 4 (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
View of the installation process
View of Site One (photo: PLANT)
Removing the first big stencil · Photo: PLANT

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Residence
  4. Albany Avenue Residence
  5. Aporia Records
  6. Asphalt Poetry
  7. – Poem
  8. Baby Point Gardens
  9. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  10. Beaty Residence
  11. Bennington Heights Garden
  12. Berkeley Street Residence
  13. Bin-Scarth Garden
  14. Blink and you miss it.
  15. – Poem
  16. Blue Note
  17. Booth Avenue Residence
  18. Boustrophedon Garden
  19. Braemore Gardens Residence
  20. Browning Avenue Residence
  21. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  22. Camp Arowhon Offices
  23. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  24. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  25. Chocolate Loft
  26. City Instrument
  27. Clarendon Garden
  28. Conversation Piece
  29. Creemore Farm
  30. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  31. Dickson Park Garden
  32. Dilworth Residence
  33. Don Landing Revitalization
  34. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  35. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  36. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  37. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  38. Elizabeth Fry Society
  39. Ellsworth Residence
  40. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  41. First Avenue Garden
  42. Foote’s Pond Wood
  43. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  44. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  45. Goldring Landscape
  46. Gormley Garden
  47. Greener P
  48. Greer Road Garden
  49. Greer Road Residence
  50. Guelph Bridge
  51. Head in the Clouds
  52. Junction Craft Brewery
  53. Kelpies Competition
  54. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  55. Le jardin du repos
  56. Lenticular Curtain
  57. Liza’s Garden
  58. Lynwood Garden
  59. Macroscape
  60. Markham Garden One
  61. Markham Street Residence Two
  62. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  63. Nathan Phillips Square
  64. – Streetscape
  65. – Peace Garden
  66. – Podium Roof Garden
  67. Orchard View Garden
  68. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  69. Owl Cottage
  70. Paperstone Scissors
  71. Peripheral Sitings
  72. Pottery Road Crossing
  73. rare
  74. Ravine Forecourt
  75. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  76. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  77. Roxborough Garden One
  78. Roxborough Garden Two
  79. Sheridan College
  80. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  81. Spadina Quay Wetland
  82. Stratford Market Square Competition
  83. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  84. Superlegible
  85. Sweet Farm
  86. Sweet Farm Pond House
  87. The Meadows Reconsidered
  88. The Red Sash
  89. Thick & Thin
  90. Tipping Point
  91. Tranby Garden
  92. Tree House Residence
  93. UTM Welcome Landscape
  94. Venice Biennale 2012
  95. Vermont Square Park
  96. Vernon Avenue Garden
  97. Walmer Road Residence
  98. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  99. Wells Street Residence
  100. Westminster Residence
  101. With Words as Their Actions
  102. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  103. Woven Stories
  104. York Park