Write words to win the hearts and minds
And they may appear beside the chimes.
But don’t delay. You must not wait.
You have only until Jan. 28.
That will be the last day submissions will be accepted for the
poems that appear at the site of two public art exhibits collectively known as
This will be second year poems will appear at the Alta Lake
Park site of the sculptures: one a giant-sized set of Adirondack chairs and the
other a set of colossal chimes.
Both were created by long-time local artist Joan Baron, whose
hope is that they will draw in all visitors to the park and give them a reason
to stop and wonder at their surroundings.
And while the art may have done that alone, said Baron, the
idea of adding a poem captures the busy visitor, creating a moment of stillness
in a hectic life.
“…The poetry makes it that much more insightful so then people
know that it is not just a toy,” said Baron.
“There is emotion that the artist, myself, is trying to emote
by having you pause just a moment longer to really enjoy the space that we have
here. It makes that complete circle.”
Baron, who is part of the Public Art Committee, won the contest
in 2007 to place three-dimensional art in the valley as part of the
Neighbourhood Valley Trail Public Art Series.
Her art is carried at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Mountain
Two sites with spectacular surroundings were chosen in the
Lakeside area. But as part of her art Baron also wanted a poem to be displayed,
likely on an annual basis to celebrate writers and provoke thought.
The poems at the giant chair site are themed “togetherness”
while those at the chimes must have a “listening” theme.
Everyone is invited to enter the contest, which is usually
judged by three residents with a literary history.
Poems are given to the judges anonymously at first.
“It is not a judgment call on whether or not it is pure
traditional poetry,” said Baron.
“I think it is just the creativity and how much it moves the
jury. You don’t have to be a professional writer to participate in this. Anyone