Home Place is comprised of used and discarded hydro poles carved into images of characters and symbols from world mythology and legend. These were, then, installed along the waterfront trail in Pickering, Ontario Canada.
Home Place is a coalescence of universal symbols from a variety of times, cultures and beliefs. These symbols are alive but will vary in importance at different times in each of our lives. The icons that adorn Home Place, even its over-all design has meaning. This project, in its entirety, is called Home Place because what we now know to be Pickering, Ontario was at one time known as “The Home District”.
The first one above is of a child in the mother’s womb!
The carved poles are called Kijimba Kind and are designed to represent the peoples from a diversity of cultures that have come from near and far to call this country “home”. Though these images are inclusive of ancestry and tribal legend, they are not totem poles. These carved images are Kijimba Kind. I have fashioned this terminology from words and meanings found in three different languages and cultures. The word “kijimba” is from black Africa (Bambara tribe). It means spirit. As it applies to these carvings, it takes into account three spirits: the spirit of the character carved, the spirit of the material and the spirit of the carver. The word kind is from white Germany. It is taken from the word kinder, which means children i.e. kindergarten. In the English language, kind refers to a type, like mankind. It is, also, a word that refers to the warmer or gentler side of a person’s nature i.e. a kind person. I have taken words from these cultural and racial extremes in an effort to reflect all races as black and white incorporates all colours and values. -Dorsey James
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