Birmingham ~ Victoria Square With Didgeridoo


Hamburg, United States

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The big city of Brum, so called by some, is the UK’s second largest city, & has wonders galore, not least of which is Victoria Square with its classical buildings & its eclectic array of sculptures. Seen here is a sphinx-like behemoth carved from Darley Dale stone by Indian sculptor Dhruva Mistry. In 1996, The Independent described this as ‘…fusing Egyptian, Indian and Picassoid elements…’, & who am I to gainsay that? Mistry also created bronzes for the site, including a metallic river goddess in a splash zone, affectionately known to locals as the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi.’

Behind this stone creature are the classical lines of Town Hall, a recently renovated performing arts center with a sterling reputation.

But the focal point in all this, especially if you were actually there to hear it, was the didgeridoo & its player. I am not an expert in the art of didgeridoo-ing, but I know what I like, & this was a treat. The Mistry sculpture was obviously enraptured, & it was perhaps trying to discern just how this musician could sustain that drone without seeming to take a breath. I entreat you, gentle reader, to take a gander at this informative & mirth-provoking bit of tutorial. You will learn about Circular Breathing & Rude Noises, something you may be able to put to use at parties, even if you don’t have a didgeridoo.

Late August 2008

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