|'inner alley symphony'|
the mural is installed. dave raymer and i [held the ladder and handed dave things] started on tuesday and got one panel up in the evening between rain and other things. then finished hanging it yesterday morning. tonight the kids had their last class where they signed their names to it and gave it a title. it is now called inner alley symphony. the students noticed some of the changes that were made since their class last week and of course all the instruments installed in the previously open spaces. they began pointing at things and plucking strings and pounding drum heads. i know that feeling. to see the work installed for the first time after watching it gradually take shape was pretty cool feeling. i think they were happy with the finished piece. i hope they were. they seemed like they were.
|dave raymer, who installed this work, playing with the wind chimes.|
|playing the drums. perhaps it's a bit too much fun.|
|wind chimes and drum sticks|
the playable aspect of this work is i think the most amazing part. and its the first thing most people gravitate toward. the wind chimes and drumsticks clang together. the drum heads are playable. the guitar strings can be plucked. and they will be, because they are in reach. i do hope that people will treat the mural with respect and not break anything on it. but i also hope that they play it. if something does get broken, that's part of public art. the public. we'll have to come up with a solution to fix it.
we are having an official unveiling next friday may 11 at 5pm, right before gallery walk. tamir and the DJ spin class will be there to set the mood and i hope we have nice weather and a good community turn out. by the way, this mural could never have been made with out the generous donations of broken musical instruments. in particular, dave grimes at mcguire music for donating the majority of the instruments. they made the piece what it is.