June 03, 2012
Piano Sculpture — The Art of Piano Transformation
From Piano Street:
Broken strings and missing keys have made an appearance on the art scene as part of the "Piano As Art" exhibition. A collaboration of two artists, Penny Putnam and Shauna Holiman, the exhibition features art created from bits and pieces of pianos that were too old for use or were in total disrepair. Wall art, freestanding sculptures, and many other pieces make up the collection.
Putnam and Holiman first worked together as members of the Greenwich Art Society. After visiting the Faust Harrison factory with friend and co-owner Sara Faust, Holiman knew the pianos stored there would be the perfect collaborative project for Putnam and her. Every Monday, Putnam and Holiman would meet together and create pieces of art from the dismantled pianos. Though skeptical at first, Faust now believes there is a special energy that comes from viewing the exhibition in a room full of pianos.
Holiman stated, "It transforms the way that people see a familiar object. It represents a time in history when everyone had a piano in their home."
Both artists see their work with rare materials as giving the ivories a new life. "Their first life was as elephant tusks; their second life was as pianos; and now they live again as art."
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Awesome, Joe! Thanks.
Posted by: jim` | Jun 3, 2012 5:00:52 PM
Oh no. No. I understand that the pieces couldn't be used, etc. But it reminds me too much of a broken human spine. Shudder.
Posted by: Becs | Jun 3, 2012 4:31:47 PM
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