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A RECENT INSTALLATION COMMEMORATES SCOTT AND HIS MEN

ARTWORK DESIGNED BY A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF LT. EDWARD EVANS

composer and artist Julian Broke-Evans in polar climes. His grandfather, Lt. Edward Evans, was one of the key figures on Scott's last expedition
As part of the celebration at St. Paul's Cathedral in connection with its Commemoration Service for Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his men, a new artwork was unveiled.

From 27 March to 3 April 2012, sponsored by the Scott-Polar Institute in Cambridge which also arranged and hosted the Memorial Service, St. Paul’s hosted an art installation, or a televisual version of it, created by Julian Broke-Evans (above), the grandson of Lt. Edward 'Teddy' Evans, second in command of the British Antarctic Expedition (not to be confused with Edgar Evans, Scott's colleague on the fatal journey).

Visit the St. Paul's website with its details of the Polar Installation

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.

Lieutenant Edward Evans, former skipper of Scott's Terra Nova, seen in 1914, before serving in the First World War and after the tragic outcome of Scott's 1910-11 expedition, which claimed five lives including Scott's ownEdward Evans in his admiral's attire, between the world wars
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.

One view of the memorable installation sculpture designed by Julian Broke-Evans. Click on the picture to enjoy a larger version
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.'

See the video in larger format

See a video of Julian at work constructing the Installation

View and hear the beautiful forerunner, in Antarctica, of the present sound and sight installation

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.'

Good friends in happier times: Lt. Edward Evans (standing on right, behind his wife with Scott (on left, with his wife Kathleen)
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.'

Hear, hear.

An iconic picture: Lt. Evans with Edward Nelson of the Terra Nova expedition, carving out an ice cave for the purpose of food storage
Read more about Scott's friend and companion Edward Evans

 

 

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