A new public art installation is just a few blocks away at Cedar Hill Rec Centre.
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 – –
GIANT box drums!
How cool is that? Interactive art!
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.
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.
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.)
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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