Mac HOWLs at Supercrawl this weekend

Photo courtesy of Supercrawl

The (stuffed) coyote chases the (stuffed) rabbit around a miniature steel-track roller coaster as (mechanical) birds and (fake, legless) deer look on. And while recorded loon calls give HOWL, by installation artist Robert Hengeveld, a certain outdoorsy air, the piece is anything but natural. Instead, according to the artist’s website, HOWL “proposes a campy vision for wildness in the city.”

Sponsored by the McMaster Museum of Art, HOWL will be installed at Cannon and James St. North as part of Supercrawl, Hamilton’s annual art and music street festival. This year, Supercrawl runs from Sept. 13 to 16, incorporating art, music, food trucks and street performances along James N. and beyond, spanning almost 20 city blocks.

HOWL isn’t the only way Mac is participating in Supercrawl this year, although it’s safe to say that it’s the only university-affiliated activity that involves duck decoys.

At One James North, the Socrates Project has teamed up with the McMaster Centre for Continuing Education, McMaster Alumni, the School of the Arts, the Campus Store and Athletics and Recreation to offer family-friendly activities along the theme of “Photos, Film and Family.”

From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, families can take advantage of a water refill station, nursing rooms, seating areas and a prayer room, as well as:

  • A photo booth
  • National Film Board children’s films
  • A gigantic mural to colour
  • Face painting and games
  • Local artwork
  • Giveaways and prizes

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