A public arts engagement project that centred on a statue of the explorer has tapped into a vein of powerful emotion and resulted in the production of a collection of thought-provoking artworks, say Dr Judy Lovell and Dr Al Strangeways.
The Town Council has received $120,000 over three years to develop an arts and cultural policy and fund a program of works, but would policy have ensured visibility for this piece of public art, asks KIERAN FINNANE.
The path leading to the Town Library had its baptism on Harmony Day, last Friday. The dousing with water of this latest piece of public art had more than a ritual significance, for the path is intended to come to life with rain. As we can wait a long time for a desert downpour, the process was hastened with a few sloshes of water.
This fence is not designed to keep people in or out; it's designed to make them happy.
"It's not a new idea," designer Elliat Rich told the children. "It's a small innovation of an old idea."
She remembered how kids used to run with a stick along a fence making their own kind of music. What's different about this fence is that every pipe, tubes of copper, aluminium, brass and steel, makes a different note.
So it's called The Melody Fence. It's situated at the front of Ross Park Primary School and while it's bound to be a favourite for their students, it's also open to the public, says Assistant Principal Elizabeth Verstappen. Just step inside the front entrance on Winnecke Avenue and enjoy!
Rich worked with musician Bree van Rejk to get her fence to sing. It's in the key of C, so whatever combination of notes that is produced it will always sound harmonious. And if you happen to run along the fence from start to finish – some 15 metres – it plays a melody composed by van Rejk. – KIERAN FINNANE
Pictured: Bree van Rejk plays the fence with children from Class 2/3.