A new addition to the gardens at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest boasts of colorful and musical instruments. The TreeSong Music Garden explores the combination of music and nature with unique outdoor instruments. The new garden invites visitors to use their imagination, be creative, and explore. Each instrument has signage for self-guided musical program designed to connect music and nature as well as connect guests with appreciation and fundamentals of music.
“The Treesong Music Garden is an exciting addition to the arboretum. It is a fun and creative way for guests of all ages to explore their musical side,” said Programs Manager, Ellen Kapitan. “I love the way the garden guides visitors to connect music and nature. Each instrument explores a musical concept in a way that imitates a piece of the natural world. For example, one instrument, a giant xylophone, explores melodies, harmonies and duets. The musician is then encouraged to imitate a Great Horned Owl’s song by using the xylophone.”
The TreeSong Music Garden is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.