After posting “June Bug” today, I looked at my last post and noticed that I promised to share the photos of the mosaic guitar now that it is done. I had posted photos on BeesATC and neglected to post here, so my apologies!
If you want to see it in person, it will be in the 32nd Annual YWCA “Women Artists: A Celebration!” show June 21 to July 19, 2014 at the YWCA of Youngstown building located at 25 Rayen Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio. Tickets are required for the opening night preview party, otherwise the hours are Monday – Saturday, 12 to 4 PM (closed on July 4-5 and all Sundays except July 13th).
The mosaic guitar is priced at $300 because it is my first mosaic guitar and it is not perfect so I would not feel right asking top dollar. It is grouted and sealed for indoor display. The back of the neck is painted (not tiled) so it could be hung on the wall with a standard U hook bracket used for hanging guitars.
NOTE: click on photos if you want to see it bigger.
A treble clef made of copper wire dangles in the sound hole as a tribute to American artist Lily Harmon (1912-1998) because I got hit by a Deja vu when I walked into the Butler Museum of American Art to see her life retrospective show (Trumbull County Branch, 1997?) and saw her guitar assemblage with the strawberry hanging in the sound hole. I recognized it. I knew I had seen that same strawberry dangling inside an old guitar repurposed as art years ago (before 1970?) as it had captured my full attention when I was a child absorbing the colors and textures of art up like a little sponge. Our guitars may look nothing alike (hers was assemblage art, mine is mosaic, different designs and everything) but my thoughts often turned to her while I was working on this guitar. I knew that I had to hang a dangle in the sound hole as my way of saying thank you to an artist who influenced future generations.
There are no strings because when some old guitars die, they donate their organs (reusable parts: tuners, nut, bridge, etc.) to cigar box guitar makers so the music can live on.
5 thoughts on “Mosaic Guitar”
Your mosaic guitar is amazing…can it still be played? As a work of art it is gorgeous and I hope you sell…
Ah, dear John, you must play guitar as every guitarist who has seen it has been curious as to what it would sound like. But no, it cannot be played. I re-purposed a guitar that was damaged beyond repair as a musical instrument, had to reinforce the sound board inside and out before it could be recycled into art, and anything that could be re-used for making cigar box guitars was removed. Thanks, it would tickle me if it sells at this show.
Wow! This is fabulous. Good luck at the show.
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