KEVIN: You’ve done quite a bit of work. Can you tell us more about some of this work you have done?
LANE: In the last few years I’ve been working on a lot of different types of projects, collaborating with all types of people, and using all sorts of materials. I am really curious about water, so many of my projects are about it. It is such a powerful force when you look at tsunamis, floods, and the ocean. At the same time water is something we use everyday: to cook, to clean, to play with.
In the summer of 2014 my good friend, Michelena Bamford (a local mosaic artist), and I wanted to create a sculpture that would help resolve a flooding issue at the Wildwood Community Center. So we made ‘Water Spiral’, a work of art that could store the rainwater that was pouring off the roof of the community centre, into an underground cistern that was used to water the neighboring community garden. We also wanted to create a meeting place for people in the neighbourhood; we built a deck above the cistern from materials we scavenged in the community, like old planks of wood, signs, and fences. To tie it all together we used an old propeller to create a wind turbine that would keep the water moving down below in the underground cistern.
Another project I had a great time working on this year, that also talked about water, was a puppet show called “The River”. I created a cast of puppets from recycled cardboard for the show that told of an old folk story, partially based on David Thompson’s journey up the North Saskatchewan River and Native American Folklore. It follows a character called the trickster, and a love story that evolves between the moon and the stars. In the story the river becomes a living being that ties all of the characters together. I was fortunate to work with a group of talented performers/puppeteers that brang my creations to life. In the end I learned valuable lessons on how they used my puppets, that I could take into future projects to help me understand how people play.