The 28 workers are getting ready for the Harvest Festival(a Fall Equinox and Music Event September 14-16); I arrived at Peter Camani’s (a retired Art Teacher at the Almaguin Secondary School)Midlothian Ridge 310 acre Property. I walked through the back entrance(later realized there is a main massive spiderweb gate), on a sunny September morning, 2012. No one was around. Quiet prevailed. Was I intruding on this private property? I hollered across the river. “Could you help me get across, to take a picture of that mural that I see in the distance?”
“Yes ” a young artsie-looking girl..in reds boots … hollered back. ” My name is Angela and we were just putting up some tree ordiments…for the festival.” She illustrated how the pulley system worked for orchestrating the movement required to draw the raft across the water span,….and VOILA..I was across the stream in an instant. The Workers on this side of the river were
roaming from one job description to another; or to their tents, or to the mess hall….Justin Martin is director of the Harvest Festival Event and I was told that people enroll to work here and there is a meal plan provided(I witnessed the most gigantic organic garden to service the meal plan). Angela stopped to tell me that John Rose was the architect( actually a computer engineer) who was instrumental in building the Pyramid for 2011 and “THE CRASH”2012 (a simulated rocket ship, crashing to earth). Camani and Rose had collaborated combining the concepts of druid duality of medieval times with the 21st century; a mystical golden thread tying both moments in time, together.
One thinks of the Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, who painted The Scream, however Peter Camani was initially inspired by an aerial view of the land that settlers had cleared, a winter viewpoint, and he said that it was shaped like a dragon…hense medieval times..?
But he also was a visionary and there is an enchanted forest that has an array of 10 ton screaming heads ..as headstones..with a small biography where a person’s cremated ashes lay.’
“Possibly a person wants to protest …not necessarily rest in peace//” cites Camani.