Photos by Emily Christie and Kyle Schappert
Last week, amongst the gorgeous fall weather and bright orange colours, we welcomed Winnipeg based artist Rachel Schappert to the resort. Rachel's current art practice involves themes that explore the interconnected relationship between people and nature.
Rachel set up shop on the High Lake warm up shelter, and spent the week building on-site sculptures which incorporate, decorate, accentuate, and play with the natural features of the sweet little site hidden along the High Lake trail.
The sculptures are hidden in and amongst the trees and rocks of the site. A delight for hikers to enjoy and explore. Each piece is full of details to be discovered, such as the single juniper berry in each copper and glass capsule on the piece, picked from the forest in which the sculpture now sits.
The High Lake shelter served as Rachel's indoor studio space, providing an escape from the wind and storage for her tools.
Some videos Rachel captured which demonstrate the amazing light interplay between her pieces and the surrounding environment.
During her residency, Rachel's brother Kyle Schappert, who just so happens to be a renowned photographer, came out for a visit and also snapped a few shots to capture Rachel's beautiful piece:
It was an honour having Rachel out to Falcon Trails, and we couldn't be more excited about the gorgeous addition her art makes to the beautiful High Lake warm up shack site. Definatly worth checking out.
Rachel's sculptures will remain in place at the warm up shack. Be sure to hike out and check them out! They will remain in place in the winter, but might be a little harder to find under the snow.
You can check out the trail there (look for the warm up shelter point) on the trailforks map: