Project Title: Rhythm Stage
Year: 2013- present
Commissioning Agency: Wheatland Music Festival
Medium: Site-specific, Earth, wood, composite materials, concrete, stone, light
Dedicated September 9, 2016
The elder statesman in the Michigan Festival scene, The Wheatland Festival attracts 15,000+ to its annual traditional arts festival each September. A long-time supporter of traditional drumming and dancing from all corners of the world, the festival commissioned this percussion / acoustic performance design.
Seating for more than 100 audience and three “dance-decks” the design supports percussion workshops of all sizes (up to 80-100 drummers), and thrusts staging options into the crowd. Based on the Akan adinkra symbol “geneyame” - which means to accept the divine - the design speaks to the forest surroundings, the festival’s heritage, and the African Diaspora so central to rhythm in America.
Project Manager: Paul Sachs
Development / Drawings: Wayne Appleyard, JBS Contracting