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Cedar Cone Raincatcher

Laara Cerman
Year: 2021
  • Sculpture
  • Brass
  • Wood
Status: In Place


Cedar Cone Rain Catcher was created in 2021 by artist Laara Cerman as a sculpture that interacts with nature to create rain chime sounds in the surroundings of Rose Park. Cedar Cone Rain Catcher is a cedar log topped by a brass sculpture in the shape of a cedar cone that collects rain, which then releases the water through a bell siphon to play “rain chimes”.

Artist Statement

The musical notes of the rain chimes are informed by a small sequence of DNA from Western Red Cedar trees which I have translated to musical notes. The cedar cone scales are open as though it has already released its seeds, in which the “seeds” will be its song.”

Laara Cerman, based near Vancouver, Canada, delves into the nexus of art, science, and history by exploring pockets of wilderness in urban landscapes and British Columbia’s forests. With a focus on wild plant specimens, she curates a digital herbarium, unraveling the life cycles and ecological roles of flora in Canada’s biodiverse province. Laara’s photography, crafted through digital compositing and unconventional scanning techniques, captures hyper-realistic images with a memento mori ambiance, emphasizing intricate details and existential themes. Beyond photography, she has ventured into embroidery and metalwork, engaging in public art projects across British Columbia. Laara’s evolving artistic journey seeks to amplify the intricate beauty and ecological significance of our natural world, fostering a deeper connection between humans and the Earth.


38550, Loggers Lane, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0H2, Canada.

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