[photo by David Oro]
Last month I was asked to put together a spur of the moment script installation that was hung at the Winnipeg Fringe festival. I wasn't here to see it in action, but the act of making this piece is something I will remember as a highlight of 2014. I also really, really loved seeing the photos pop up on Instagram.
The words are Neil Young's Heart of Gold. It's scripted on clear plexi and was hung with a mirror behind it so that you could take photos inside and through. What's meaningful about it (to me) is the fact that I was asked, instead, to script some words from Winnie the Pooh (who is from my town). BUT I DIDN'T. After reading A.A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh backwards and forwards - I wasn't inspired in my guts and I didn't find the passages worked well with script. (FYI Winnie the bear eventually became a captive bear.)
So I followed my heart.
Neil Young is also from this town and Heart Of Gold is a beautifiul song. His reference in this song to "I've been to REDWOOD" is about a bridge not far from where this piece was hung so I felt these words were a nice tribute to a man that stands up for what he believes in.
The script took one pass, no revisions and no start-overs. It magically fit the 4x8 foot sheet perfectly. And to me - that means it was the right choice. I love it when that happens.
If Neil Young were ever to see it - I hope he would like it. (Thanks David Oro for the photo!)