Research Walk: “Lismer Walk,” December 6, 2013

This day-long walk took place on December 6, 2013, and was a research activity informing the NiS+TS Walking the Debris Field project. This would be the first of many research walks undertaken over succeeding years by NiS+TS, in areas of Halifax and Dartmouth affected by the 1917 explosion.

The group followed the route taken by Arthur Lismer (member of the Group of Seven and Principal of the Victoria School of Art) who set out on foot from Bedford to central Halifax on the morning of the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. Lismer, who lived at the end of the Bedford Basin, walked through the devastated city in the hours immediately following the disaster. His sketches of scenes along the way were some of the first images published in international newspapers. The NiS+TS Lismer Walk ended at the Sexton Campus of Dalhousie University, where a marker and wreath commemorate the 14 women killed in the Montreal Massacre at l’École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.