Wind chimes crafted by the Cariboo Potters Guild will be placed on trees throughout the Lakecity.
Coordinator at the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake, Venta Rutkauskas says they came up with the idea for sound as an overarching theme for their grants and funding applications this year.
“When we mentioned that through a members group that we have; we have 14 members groups in the umbrella, the Potters in particular really took off with the idea to populate the downtown with wind chimes. They put in I want to say close to 100 volunteer hours.”
Rutkauskas says they have about 50 wind chimes that were crafted by the Potters through upcycled materials including fishing line, pieces of wood, and shelving tubes.
“Some of the spots we’re thinking of are around Herb Gardner Park, there’s some trees that line Oliver Street and a little seating area there, possibly Kiwanis Park near the children’s play area, and I’m thinking around Boitanio Park, and hopefully the CRD library wouldn’t mind some chimes in their seating areas. We’re thinking of places that don’t have a ton of foot traffic underneath them, but somewhere where people can stop and listen.”
Rutkauskas says they hope to have some of the chimes up for Stampede weekend, and that they’ll be exploring if downtown businesses might have a spot they would like to add one as well
“The intention is for them to come down sometime in September,” she says adding that it’s fair to say the Wind Chime ‘Soundscape’ Project replaces several successful years of yarn bombing.