In June 2012 I was invited over to Melbourne to assist the super talented installation based artist Tiffany Singh to document and help with the installation of 10,000 bells in a tree in downtown Melbourne for Next Wave Festival.
One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!
The title Drums Between The Bells alludes to the metaphysical realm of understanding in-between the physical and spiritual world. The artwork transformed this living space into an open-air musical instrument. The outdoor work was densely filled with strings of small bells hanging vertically from the branches as a beautifully suspended aesthetically resolved installation; so the audience moving through the work activated it along with the wind currents so that the work became alive and able to be ‘played’.
This initial installation was then available for participation. The audience was asked to take one of the bells on a pilgrimage to their favourite place and install the bell there, it was also requested that they document this process online creating a new work that would be dispersed throughout the city, the photos and film footage would be uploaded into the next wave website with a map of the city so that the work could continue to live on at different locations creating a treasure hunt of bells moving and mapping the communities favourite or sacred parts of the city.