Music in the air: 2nd giant instrument installed at Unity Park

Top 4 photos: the giant chimes at Kiwanis-Teledyne Park. Above photo: the Yantzee at Unity Park. 

Information and photos provided by Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and LaPorte parks

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If you hear music while cruising on land or sea on the north side, there’s a reason. The Yantzee (like a xylophone) was first in Unity Park along the Pine Lake shore. Now a set of giant chimes has joined it nearby at Kiwanis-Teledyne Park.

The Joyful Noise ensemble of oversized instruments, with three more to come at various LaPorte locations, is a project undertaken by the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County and various local community organizations.

The contrabass chimes, for example, were donated by the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte with installation help from contractor Mitch Feikes, the LaPorte Park and Recreation Department maintenance crew, and volunteers. The Yantzee recently installed at Unity Park was donated by the Rotary Club of LaPorte.

Three more large instruments, all accessible by anyone who would like to play (or play with) them, will be installed at Fox Park, the downtown Plaza 618, and on the Civic Auditorium grounds. The instruments, designed to withstand all weather, are made in Durango, CO.

8 Responses to “Music in the air: 2nd giant instrument installed at Unity Park”

  1. John

    Oct 02. 2017

    What a silly idea. Why would you leave something like this open to handy vandalism by those who don’t care?

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  2. lawman

    Oct 02. 2017

    c’mon man. there is no vandalism in laporte!

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  3. Ralph Vogel

    Oct 02. 2017

    Items like this seem a tad impractical to me. We should select things that have a more tangible benefit; and that benefit more citizens. Who is going to play these goliaths? And who is going to listen?

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  4. jason

    Oct 03. 2017

    I think they’re cool,

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  5. Lisa D

    Oct 03. 2017

    “Sounds” like a good idea to me. I plan to take the dog and the kids just to check it out. Thanks to everyone involved.

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  6. wwjd

    Oct 04. 2017

    very cool, give it a chance

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  7. mk lion

    Oct 04. 2017

    Fantastic idea this town needs more outdoor attractions like these…so much potential here for outdoor activities, it might help our youth make better choices in life

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  8. Cin

    Nov 20. 2017

    I think this is wonderful. The impact music has on children or any individual is huge. So excited to take my kids and check it out!

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