Copper Beech Field Trips: A Community Art Project

Niagara Falls, ON, August 8, 2016 – This summer, Niagara Falls Museums is hosting Copper Beech Field Trips, a community art project, created by local artist Elizabeth Chitty. The Copper Beech Field Trips are a neighborhood walk encouraging participants to look and listen more closely to their surroundings. During the walk attendees are invited to take photos and record their thoughts, to be included in an art installation created by Chitty for Niagara Falls Night of Art this fall.

Artist Elizabeth Chitty personally invites the community to participate, "Niagara Falls residents and visitors are invited to join me as we stroll through Drummond Hill Cemetery and the new Redmond Heights park, past the old Copper Beech and the new. We’ll walk mostly in silence and bring fresh eyes to familiar sights and those we haven't noticed before. This is not a guided tour and it's up to you what you see. You are welcome to take photos and upload them to the project gallery."

A participant from a previous tour with the artist explains their experience, “It was a very special feeling to be with a small group of people all focusing on seeing and hearing what was around them. I didn’t know if I’d be comfortable speaking into the microphone but it was a very private experience, like writing in a diary. I really enjoyed myself and the discussion afterwards.”

Interested participants are invited to learn about the sights/sites to be visited and upload images from their own experiences at

Elizabeth Chitty is a local artist who specializes in video and sound installations and performances, as well as video, artist’s gardens and constructed photographs. Much of her work since 2008 has been about water. Her current work is place-based, focusing on a place by considering a site’s geology, plants and birds, natural and built landscapes, governance including treaties, histories, and water and its infrastructure. The work is anchored in sensing and making sense of our surroundings through bodily experience, social interactions, and simple technology.

Copper Beech Field Trips: August 11 & 25, September 8 at 7pm 

Niagara Night of Art: September 22 at 7pm

For more information, please contact:

Clark Bernat, Manager, Niagara Falls Museums
5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 1S9
Phone: 905-356-7521 Email: 


Posted on: 8/8/2016 8:51 AM - Category: Media Releases