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.)
We’re driving along a country road on Saltspring Island & a curiosity catches my attention.
It’s a circle of tall figures standing in a field.
Sorta like Stonehenge…
but kinda like Easter Island, too…
There’s no time to explore it closely, but I just have to smile & wonder what it’s all about.
My mind’s eye will go back there several times in the coming days.
I like it.
Entering the island’s town centre, more art grabs my attention.
Such energy– frozen in a moment!
I wonder how long it took to gather enough driftwood …
and admire the artist’s skill for creating something so recognizable…
but won’t wonder about it for long.
I like Saltspring’s vibe.
A few days later, we run across another sculpture. This time it’s in Seattle. I have to wonder, “Why?”
Yes, it’s recognizable…
but to what end?
Laugh out loud.
Perhaps that’s the point.
I have to wonder about it, too – – but just a little bit.
Returning to Victoria’s inner harbour, right in the hubbub of the tourist area, we come across an artist’s avocado slices.
I’ve never been able to poke much of anything into a hard avocado pit, so what’s this all about?
I’m just confused. 🙂
Public art is something I really enjoy running across. It doesn’t always make sense to me. But I’d rather it be there than not.
How about you?
Strathcona Park, on Vancouver Island, is known for its mountain vistas & fantastic hiking trails. Although my knees no longer allow me to wander from valley to alpine so easily, there are still trails I use each time we camp at Ralph River. It’s a place of active living.
That’s why I had to smile when I came across some new accessibility symbols around the campground. The revamped signs evoke active living, too. This is certainly more in line with some folks I’ve known who live lives with chairs. There’s no slowing them down.
Until now, it hadn’t occurred to me how the older accessibility symbol was so static & relaxed. Yes, if someone using a wheelchair is camping at Ralph River, she/he is not the static & relaxed type. 🙂