1- it was important for me to include the inspiring sculpture work of Jason de Caires Taylor because his underwater gallery of statues is reminiscent to me of the peoples of Africa who lost their lives in the middle passage and the Carib people who did not survive the European occupation
2-Grenada is known as the island of spice and one of its main spices is the nutmeg
3- St. Georges is the main city in Grenada known for its architecture and landscape/seascape
4-front view of the piano
5- side view of the piano
6- leatherback sea turtle, indigenous to the region
7- finished product with protective coating on the bench for the piano
Here are a few pianos that have been produced by local artists from around the world to represent the countries taking part in the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am games. My piano was created to represent Grenada (the island of spice) and to honour my grandfather Andrew Julien.
Hope to see you all there supporting local artists!
Earlier this year, the Arts Committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games invited me to be a part of the art project “Play Me, I’m Yours”. I was asked to represent Grenada. With 41 countries taking part in the Parapan Am Games, the idea is for the 41 selected artists who are from Pan Am countries to decorate a piano so that it represents their birth country or ancestralconnection. Once completed, these pianos will be located in public parks, train stations, outside galleries, markets and street corners. The pianos are available for any member of the public to sit and play and enjoy throughout the month of July.
Launching of this project will be 10th July at David Picaut Square Metro Hall at 8:00. Your invitation to this event is attached. Bring a friend if you would like. Hope to see you there.