In 1995 Jon Rose built and played a barbed
wire fence as part of the New Music Festival at Viitasaari, Finland.
It was modeled on the border that separates Russia and Finland. Then
came the idea to make an experimental radio work... an endless fence
that circumnavigates the entire world, incorporating many of the conflict
zones that seem unresolvable or remain as scars on the psychology of
the people who must live on each side of these artificially created
Jon playing the Great Fences of Australia
Since the early 1980s,
in addition to his work about the violin, Jon Rose has been building
very long string instruments (up to 20 meters in length). These
constructions found their original inspiration in the wind triggered
outback Fences of Australia.
The Fence of course is one of the most
powerful analogies for everything that separates, controls & isolates
the human race; in particular when the Fence is used as a regional
or national border.
Jon Rose is currently on a 16,000
kilometer musical journey across Australia visiting hundreds of
the great fences, and playing them like musical instruments mainly
with violin bows, and also documenting their history and the people
affected by them.
Visit Jon Rose's website at jonroseweb.com to learn more about this artists music, projects, unique bowed instruments,
as well as information on the Great Fences of Australia project.