Kickstarter isn't just a brilliant platform, but it is staffed by some brilliant people who take the time to look at every project and even support them in a variety of ways. Thanks to Cassie Marketos for interviewing us about Rabbit Island and putting up a nice post on the Kickstarter Blog. Check it out here—
Michigan Radio did a follow-up to their original story they ran earlier this year. Thanks to Jennifer Guerra for coming out to the island, slogging through the forest and getting stung by wasps to put that piece together!
You can listen to it here— http://www.michiganradio.org/post/north-woods-artist-residency-rabbit-island-photos
We mentioned earlier about a group of musicians coming out to the island for a day. Steven Michael Holmes from Mostly Midwest put together two videos of Chris Bathgate and friends playing as the sun was setting. Andrew even had the honor of playing sailboat and a canteen of nails on one track. It was a great experience and a precursor to something we hope to see happening on the island in the future. Have a look/listen here— http://www.mostlymidwest.com/?p=2571
The Amphitheater— a clearing near the center of Rabbit Island. A group of sugar maples with an extremely shallow root system that rested on a patch of smooth sandstone was blown over sometime in recent history. The result is a flat, 12 foot tall backdrop of soil and roots opening up to face a series of simple log benches made from a nearby fir, also wind-felled. The surrounding area was carefully cleared of a few shrubs and the outcome is a beautiful and functional amphitheater. The group of trees can even be climbed from "backstage" to offer a different perspective and additional performative options.
In the future we imagine this place to be a stage for the performing arts. Future artists-in-residence— choreographers, playwrights, musicians, theater performers, dance troupes, puppeteers, etc. will utilize the amphitheater for performances and concerts, developing their production in the nearby treehouse studio.
Imagine snagging an exclusive ticket to a private gig, being picked up in a boat on Rabbit Bay and led into the center of the island to see the show. Imagine walking through the forest from the waters edge, led by torchlight to see an experimental one-man show in the woods. Imagine being the artist.
We are really excited about the Rabbit Island Amphitheater. Andrew sees it as an installation— part made by nature, part made by hand, activated by the artists to come. As with most things on Rabbit Island, it will exist as long as the island allows. The fallen trees and arc of soil that make up the amphitheater will eventually decompose and create the nutrients for new trees to grow in the future.