New installation in downtown Kingston creates ‘unique and playful urban space’

Water Snake can be found along the Waterfront Pathway between the Delta walkway and Battery Park. Photo via City of Kingston.

A new, interactive, 3D-printed installation can now be enjoyed along Kingston’s downtown waterfront. Water Snake is an experiment in animating an underdeveloped space through a combination of design and new technology, according to a release from the City of Kingston.

Created by two Kingston-based companies, RAW Design Inc., an architecture and design firm, and Nidus3D, a tech company using 3D printing technology, Water Snake is made up of three segments that encourage play and exploration, and offer seating, the City stated. The ground mural was created by local artist, Jenny Moring.

Water Snake is nestled along the Waterfront Pathway between the Delta Hotel and Battery Park. According to the release, the artful ground activation brings colour to the area and responds to the form of the segments. The City said that together, these pieces help create a unique and playful urban space year-round. The area has also been upgraded with new planters and benches.

“This installation is unique to Kingston and aims to connect with the waterfront and provide residents and visitors the chance to discover and explore the area in a special way,” said Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts & Sector Development. “Its originality and experimentation as an interactive, artful yet functional piece also hopes to propose new ways of thinking about public spaces and how we use them.” 

Starting in spring 2023, the Fire Lane site and Water Snake will evolve through various activations to enhance how the installation appears and is used, according to the release. This project was funded by the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and has been commissioned by the City of Kingston and Tourism Kingston. 

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, the City said that the installation is complete and ready for visitors to enjoy. When you visit, the City encourages you to share your photos and experience with Water Snake! Use the hashtags #WaterSnakeYGK and #SnakeByTheLake.

3 thoughts on “New installation in downtown Kingston creates ‘unique and playful urban space’

  • Anyone else wonder how soon it will be before some homeless person utilizes one of the segments of this art installation for their tent shelter along the waterfront walkway?

  • This is what I love about Kingston. Thank you to all the creative and “outside the box” minds that helped make this happen. Well done!

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