50 Things

In 2021, The Ecology Action Centre celebrated our 50th anniversary! As a part of our celebrations, we collaborated with our friends at Zuppa to create 50 Things: A Provincewide, Interactive Art Adventure. We commissioned 50 original works of art by artists from multiple disciplines, inspired by the stories, successes and challenges of the past five decades of environmental action in Mi’kma’ki, and embedded them throughout the province for people to discover using the 50 Things app. 
 

Learn More About 50 Things

Learn More About 50 Things

50 Things was a provincewide scavenger hunt where people were invited to discover each piece of art through the custom-built app. Some of the pieces were digital and could be experienced directly through a smartphone, while others were physical objects. All were intended to be experienced in a certain place, mindful of the surrounding environment and its history of activism. 

The 50 artworks were created by established and emerging artists from multiple disciplines, commissioned by EAC, and curated with Zuppa. 

The original 50 Things project ran from September 1 to October 31, 2021. 

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A list of artists featured in the 50 Things project: Kate macdonald, jacinte Armstrong, angie Arsenault, liliona quarmyne, Jaquie Potvin boucher, felipe bonila, kate Phillips, tara taylor, emma Gabriel, Christine stortini, April hubbard, keeper E, annik guadet, Rachel Bruch aka Blue Lobelia, Blaze Fraser, Terra Spencer, Sam Decoste, Kathleen Dorian, Lou Campbell, Keely Hopkins, Megan Fitzgerald, Sarah Gignac, Zonghua Ai, Undine Foulds, George Woodhouse & The Public Service, Victoria Moffatt, Coral Maloney, Aiyanna Graham, Shauntay Grant, Jacob Caines, Massiel Pineiro, Ron Kuwahara, BARE Theatre Co., Richard LeBrasseur, Carley Mullally, Emma Laishram, Dawn Sheperd, Vanessa Furlong, Letitia Fraser, Lou Sheppard, Ali Joy Richardson, Rooks Field-Green, Tyshan Wright, Branden Lam, Dan Bray, NAT Chantel, Elizabeth Peirce, Lorne Julien, The Understudies, Shalan Joudry, Lily Falk


Carrying the Spark

Join EAC and Zuppa on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 for Carrying the Spark, an evening of live performance and art featuring some of our favourite pieces from 50 Things. We're excited to bring these works together in one place, to celebrate the incredible art that was created and make it accessible to folks here in Halifax! Click here for more information and tickets.

The show will coincide with the re-release of the 50 Things app, along with an EP of the music from the project and a podcast series featuring interviews with David Suzuki, Elizabeth May and more, which will all be available digitally in parallel with the concert.


Permanent Installations 

Learn about two of the lasting legacies of the 50 Things project. Maybe you’ve already noticed them as you travel around the north end of Halifax.
 

Respect the Sun – Mural at Willow & Agricola Street

Respect the Sun – Mural at Willow & Agricola Street

Lorne Julien stands in front of a brightly coloured mural depicting an eagle and a shining sunThis vibrant and beautiful house-sized mural by Lorne Julien is a reminder to respect and honour the sun: 

 “The sun holds a connection to everything on earth, it gives life and it can be a threat, a powerful element. I am concerned that we are not leaving a healthy planet for our next 7 generations. The eagle is very important to my people as it represents love and flies high in the sky and has a connection to the Heavens. This eagle is flying towards the sun with one wing reaching out towards the sun for healing and to show respect, the other is pointing down towards the earth to honour the connection. The image also represents us as people having one hand on earth and our other hand reaching towards the Heavens. We need to be reminded of respecting all our relations in order to start healing. Msit no'kmaq, Lorne A Julien”  

About the Artist:  

Lorne Alexander Julien is a proud Mi’kmaw artist and member of Millbrook First Nation, Nova Scotia. He specializes in contemporary Indigenous acrylic paintings and murals. Although known primarily as a painter, he has diversified to other mediums such as stained glass and photography. His Mi’kmaw name is “Warrior on the Hill” (Sma'knis) which was given to him in his youth when he learned about the spiritual way of his people.  
  
He is a self-taught artist, beginning as a young child. He specializes in rich vibrant colours and believes simplicity is beautiful. Lorne wants to share his artwork, lifting people’s spirits, with ideas taken from his visions and dreams.  
  
Lorne creates murals in schools, institutions and public spaces in an effort to Indigenize and create safe spaces that are inclusive, respectful and honour Canada’s Indigenous People. He believes that incorporating Indigenous art in public spaces is a simple act of reconciliation and moving forward in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.   
  
His artwork is a form of prayer, it provides healing for himself and he would like to bring healing to the world. His intention is to inspire hope and balance within the universe. 

Inviting Light – Sculpture at Bike Again

A sculpture made from recycled bike parts and lights is hung on the side of the Bike Again building in HalifaxInviting Light – Sculpture at Bike Again

The light sculpture that illuminates the yard in front of the Bike Again shop at 5664 Charles Street was made as a tribute to Danielle Moore, created out of bicycle parts by Bill Rudolph with Victor Comeau and Mike Gibbs. 

DIY bike spaces are places to get your hands dirty, learn, and find community through sharing knowledge and skills. It can be really empowering to learn how to fix your own bicycle! Since 2000, the volunteers of Bike Again have provided Halifax with access to refurbished bikes, tools, parts, and a welcoming space to learn how to use them.   

Danielle Moore, a young woman with black hair and brown eyes, smiles for the camera. She is wearing a purple hooded jacket and a greyish blue toqueOne of those volunteers was Danielle Moore. Danielle was a person who lit up every room she entered. She lived her life with passion, energy, playfulness and optimism and spread joy wherever she went. Danielle was always ready to jump in with both feet and learn something new, break down barriers and lift others up. She was an avid bike rider (even in the Winnipeg winter!), DIYer, educator and dedicated environmental advocate who was passionate about protecting and understanding nature.  

Danielle is a light. She reminds us to live with hope and enthusiasm, even in the face of great challenge and uncertainty.   

Created by local artist and bike enthusiast Bill Rudolph in collaboration with Victor Comeau and Mike Gibbs, this light sculpture celebrates Danielle’s spirit and her ability to inspire and empower others to live with hope, brilliance, and cautious optimism. It is a multifaceted sculpture: a mixture of practical and whimsical. It is also an invitation to the Bike Again space and to a brighter future together.  

Lead Artist: William Rudolph  

William Rudolph is an artist and sculptor of re-purposed and up-cycled materials.  His creations range from static sculptural designs, to more functional works, such as table lamps.  Bike parts, old cameras, and other metal objects are often assembled and incorporated into unique forms, from the representational to the abstract.  The items William uses in his work are not concealed or disguised within the sculpture, but are clearly visible: each component to be appreciated in its entirely by the viewer.   

Lead Electrician: Victor Comeau