Gradually working our way around the tree… The walls are beginning to form a perimeter. Tuba’s boondock expanse, we found, augers well for the project. We harbored initial concerns of how the elements would act on the forms and possibly cause them to fall—especially rain (explains why we covered the form with the polythene material). It did not take long for us to realize this should be the last of concerns, considering what damage the human factor was capable of.
Apparently, this mango tree seems to be the only one in this area and is also the favorite fruit for the children and adults alike. We realized that the mango tree was used as an excuse (especially by the children; some of whom had been warned not to get anywhere close to the area we worked, by their parents). We realized this as an opportunity to engage them in some form of interaction. So they first come and ask to pluck a mango and then we quiz them on how they generally perceive the work and have them share their thoughts. Some passers-by genuinely had no sensibilities to the form or ideas being developed and so could not relate much with what we were involved in. The children were much easier to engage as far as interactions are concerned. Some had been told by their parents not to come anywhere close to where we worked; others, realizing what was being created, wanted to just play in it. We had been petitioned by some to play ‘Piloloo’ within the labyrinthine form. You can imagine our excitement at granting this request. The guardians and residents of the ‘One Love Orphanage’ (according to news in the grapevine) came into the space to drum and dance– when we had left the place. Interesting plays all through….. iub