For Immediate Release
Date: June 21, 2013
Forsyth Park has a new musician in residence. On Friday, City crews installed an oversized xylophone designed for interactive play for park visitors young and old. The instrument, which plays eight soft chime-like notes, is located on the central walkway just west of the performance stage.
Immediately upon installation, residents and visitors of all ages began testing it out, striking the long tubes with their hands, sticks and other objects.
“I love it – it’s very soothing,” said Savannah resident Cenus Smith, who played the instrument with his cane.
Funding for the xylophone was provided through a Cities of Service Grant awarded by the Bloomberg Foundation and is part of an ongoing effort by the City of Savannah to provide Savannah’s youth with a wide range of cultural arts and recreational experiences.
The xylophone was designed and purchased from an artist who has built similar instruments for various cities around the country. To keep the cost low, the City’s Building and Grounds staff built the beautiful wooden frame for the Xylophone and installed it.