Teddy Evans (Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans, 1881–1957) was commander of Scott's ship the Terra Nova, having earlier been second in command of the Discovery's relief ship the Morning. He commanded the last depot-laying station in support of Scott's last attempt on the South Pole, but was not selected for the final assault, Bowers being preferred. Evans continued his naval service thereafter, rising by stages to the rank of full Admiral. On retirement from the navy in 1941 he was appointed the 1st Baron Mountevans of the Broke, KCB, DSO SGM, and served out the rest of the war as a Civil Defence Commissioner.
Julian Broke-Evans - a widely experienced composer, performer and lecturer, who hails from Plymouth, UK - presented ‘South with Scott’, a live audio-visual feed of three-metre high vertical ice flutes standing in a very effective-looking windswept ice landscape. The images, mysteriously altering and shifting in viewpoint, and immensely atmospheric and appealing, appeared on a large 85" screen, with wireless headphones which relayed the haunting sound of the flutes, highly evocative of the Antarctic.
There are many references in Polar literature to the haunting sound the ice makes. Described as 'an orchestra of ice instruments' (or as the Norwegians have dubbed it, an 'isorgel'), the actual frozen artwork was installed at Fefor, in Norway. There is a connection. As Julian himself points out, his grandfather experienced and wrote about an extraordinary calm he felt when on top of a mountain in Norway.
This haunting screen version was open for all visitors to St. Paul's to see, and caused a considerable stir.
The idea was that the live stream, and the powerful fusion of vision and sound, would give the audience an immediate sense of the beauty and power of man's relationship with the great wilderness, and the forces of the natural world - 'an expression of the confluence between wilderness and man's intervention.'
As Julian points out, 'My pilgrimage to Antarctica, to Cape Evans and the Terra Nova hut, and my Installation at Windless Bight (2010), have brought my own return to happiness. And in the installation in Norway at Fefor, where Scott tested the motor tractors for the Terra Nova expedition, there is a beautiful symmetry, adjacent as it is to the mountain on which my grandfather lay, overlooked from the cabin which he so loved, indeed from the window of the room in which he died.'
A great man in his day, Edward Evans received a vast and extraordinary number of honours and awards from both home and abroad. These along with his life story are documented on Wikipedia.
So in many ways, this significant artwork is a family tribute; but it also reaches out to the great polar pioneers as a whole. It might be seen as a paean of joy and celebration. As the artist himself puts it, 'Let the ice-pipes sing the praises of the heroes of the Heroic Age of Exploration.'