Bindertwine Festival remnant
This may not be typically an urban design blog, at least until you read into the meaning – community.
On the Saturday after Labour Day, in 2001, the annual trek of cleanup crew for the Bindertwine Festival gathered at the barn to return the festival wood works for the winter. Within the barn, there stood a winged ram. The owner of the barn was embarrassed that it was there, as it had been a gift from an artist. She gave Leon permission to take it away.
Therein starts our story of Return of the Ram. It is a story of community, neighbours, and friends.
Leon really did not want the ram, but instead, hid it in our returning van. I certainly did not want it, but IT IS A PIECE OF ART! This lark by Leon turned into an expression of what community is. On his birthday, the opportunity arose to have the ram visit his birthday party. The guests were curious, but he got it back. Next was my significant birthday, to which the uninvited ram arrived regaled in party costume. It was returned and returned and returned again…but disappeared for almost 3 years.
My wife’s graduation became the featured event for the rise of the ram. A mortar board on his repainted head and booties that clash greeted our household at our large party.
The ram has become a symbol of community founded on the Bindertwine festival and about lasting friendships which are the foundation of neighbourhoods.
Thanks, Leon..back to you..perhaps not too soon.