84″ x 48″ x 48″
Plastic, steeldrums, steelband music audio
This work depicts the golden age of the steeldrum movement (also referred to as “pan”, “steelband” and “steelpan”) in Trinidad and Tobago, where the exotic range of instruments was invented in the 20th century. .
‘Pan Rising’ stands seven feet at its highest point, and is mounted on a base three feet in diameter.
The tottering motion of the piece symbolizes the uncertainty experienced by the pioneers of the steelband movement. Among the challenges its pioneers encountered were social scorn and rejection, and little or no recognition for the innovation of such an international musical phenomenon.
In viewing ‘Pan Rising’, the change in colour from deep red to golden yellow reflects the wide acclaim the steel pan now receives globally.
Affirming the birthplace of the steelpan, the Trinidad and Tobago flag is integrated to support the instrument which pivots around it. This suggests the synergistic relationship between the nation and the steelband movement..
The flames at the base signify both the struggle of the “panmen” (the instrumentalists) and the process of pan-tuning.
The sound of the steelpan music emanates from the base of this work.