Earth Drums, Saanich, public art, Carey Newman, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest

More Than Sculpture

A new public art installation is just a few blocks away at Cedar Hill Rec Centre.

Earth Drums, Saanich, public art, Carey Newman, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Three squared totem poles mark a junction in the walking trail.
But these poles are more than just sculpture.  They’re hollow boxes suspended on posts – –
box drums!
GIANT box drums!
How cool is that?  Interactive art!

Earth Drums, Saanich, public art, Carey Newman, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

At the official opening, the artist, Carey Newman, said a few words about these Earth Drums.  Then he introduced his brother to play a First Nations’ composition created especially for these drums.

Earth Drums, Saanich, public art, Carey Newman, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

After years of living on the West Coast, I recognize the raven on the tallest pole.  The frog, on the shortest pole, is also recognizable.  It’s tougher seeing the wolf on the 3rd pole, but eventually, I catch on.

The audience at the Official Opening was appreciative.  I wanted to play with the drums right then, but shyness made me decide to come back when the crowd had thinned.

Earth Drums, Saanich, public art, Carey Newman, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Yesterday the sun was shining & I explored the different tones of each instrument.  Hikers seemed curious & interested in the dynamic installation, too.  Its placement is a blatant invitation to play.  Can anyone resist?

Then a gaggle of pre-schoolers surrounded the poles.  A low burble of music ensued.  🙂  No, really – – it was music.  The pitch was low enough…  the frenzy actually became a pulse.  It was more like music than any Christmas drum-set I ever played. (The neighbours need not worry.)

Earth Drums, Saanich, public art, Carey Newman, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

There’s some lovely public art in Greater Victoria.  I’m glad my municipality (Saanich) promotes it.  I’m especially pleased Carey  Newman has the vision & skill to bring this kind of magic to our neighbourhood.

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