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   Undertoad  Monday Feb 16 12:59 PM

2/16/2004: Guitar sculpture



SteveDallas passes along this "sculpture" - 35 feet high, consisting of 600 guitars. And a few other instruments in there as well, it looks like. It's from an exhibit at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.

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MachineyBear  Monday Feb 16 08:57 PM

Hard hats required..

Watch for falling Rock.



mrnoodle  Monday Feb 16 09:11 PM

Can you imagine trying to keep it in tune?



Elspode  Monday Feb 16 11:03 PM

I seriously hope that no primo instruments were interred in that monstrosity...



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Feb 16 11:58 PM

Maybe it looks better from the bottom, Els.
That museum has online interactives where you can learn just how famous guitar rifts are played and how to sing harmony.
CAUTION going to their site will cause you to piss away many days of your life.
And it's all from Microsoft profits.



Torrere  Tuesday Feb 17 12:49 AM

Hm. I wonder if I should go check that out someday soon.

There's a monorail that goes almost the entire distance between the EMP and where I work.



tjennings  Tuesday Feb 17 10:51 AM

Looks like there's still room for more at the top. Is it a work in progress, or is that a receeding guitar line?



mlandman  Tuesday Feb 17 12:33 PM

anyone think this is a bit wasteful?

I know that we need to spend $ on art. But man oh man what a blatant slap in the face to the 'music for kids' programs at struggling underpriviledged schools that could have benefited from a guitar.

Perhaps we'll see a conglomeration of 10,000 useful text books next.

Perhaps I'm stretching a bit here but did anyone else think the same thing?

Maybe there was some due-diligence here and they all had some sort of major defect, like a hole in the back or something.

-mike



quzah  Tuesday Feb 17 03:49 PM

Re: anyone think this is a bit wasteful?

Quote:
Originally posted by mlandman
I know that we need to spend $ on art. But man oh man what a blatant slap in the face to the 'music for kids' programs at struggling underpriviledged schools that could have benefited from a guitar.
Since when has it become practice for those with excess to give to those in need? Sure, some do. But as a whole? No. Surely you've heard the phrase "He who dies with the most toys wins." (Yes, I've heard the alternate, ...still dies.) When you go out to a fancy restraunt, stay in a motel, isn't that a slap in the face to the starving homeless? I mean, you already have food at home, and a place to live. Here you are going out to eat when you don't have to. Staying in a place you don't have to. Vacationing? Ha! Well, you get the idea.



Quzah.


Undertoad  Tuesday Feb 17 03:55 PM

Consumption for the purpose of personal fulfillment is not a vice. It is built into us, and thank goodness, because it's what keeps the human race progressing ahead.



ukamikanasi  Tuesday Feb 17 04:32 PM

Quote:
I know that we need to spend $ on art. But man oh man what a blatant slap in the face to the 'music for kids' programs at struggling underpriviledged schools that could have benefited from a guitar.
Dude, it's not like it was funded by taxpayers. The entire museum was built by a rich guy.


russotto  Tuesday Feb 17 05:08 PM

Re: Re: anyone think this is a bit wasteful?

Quote:
Originally posted by quzah

Here you are going out to eat when you don't have to. Staying in a place you don't have to. Vacationing? Ha! Well, you get the idea.

Quzah.
Yeah, and every time I go out to eat I'm helping pay the salaries of everyone from the chefs through the wait staff down to the dishwashers. When I go to a hotel, same thing. When I stay at home, I help them not at all. So seen that way, the selfish thing is staying and eating at home and the way to help those less fortunate is to indulge in more luxuries which require their services to produce.


warch  Tuesday Feb 17 05:08 PM

I know a little about the architecture of EMP- Frank Gehry designed it and the inspiration was from Seattle's Jimi Hendrix- a smashed fender guitar. (another example of artistic waste perhaps- but memorable performance) Ive never seen the place but understand that some (if not all) of the colors on the crazy crushed- looking exterior correspond to selected fender finishes. And there are glass panels that are meant to reference the neck and frets. The concert space is s'posta be good. Anyone been to a show there?

They're currently showing a Springsteen exhibition that I helped a tiny bit with...I'll give that a tout!



Elspode  Tuesday Feb 17 05:51 PM

I feel a little better after looking at EMP's site. This sculpture is a bit more than that...it actually plays music on many of the instruments embedded in it! It is all midi controlled, right down to mechanical string pluckers for the guitars...



quzah  Tuesday Feb 17 07:12 PM

It's also apparent that it isn't just guitars. There appear to be numerous drums and at least one synth/keyboard in the mix.

However, what you don't see is the guy on the back side of this, that has this all strapped to his back, with a monkey on his head clanging symbols.

Quzah.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 17 11:49 PM

Re: anyone think this is a bit wasteful?

Quote:
Originally posted by mlandman
I know that we need to spend $ on art. But man oh man what a blatant slap in the face to the 'music for kids' programs at struggling underpriviledged schools that could have benefited from a guitar.

Perhaps we'll see a conglomeration of 10,000 useful text books next.

Perhaps I'm stretching a bit here but did anyone else think the same thing?

Maybe there was some due-diligence here and they all had some sort of major defect, like a hole in the back or something.

-mike
No instruments were harmed in the creation of this art.


Torrere  Wednesday Feb 18 12:55 AM

That doesn't mean that they couldn't have been hurt before the creation of the art.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Feb 18 11:22 AM

True, but they are being played in this display and my limited contact with this museum convices me they have great respect for the intruments they have amassed.



SteveDallas  Wednesday Feb 18 12:02 PM

My first student clarinet is now doing duty as the base of a lamp on my nightstand. (I actually had to take it apart and play the clarinet a few years back, when my good horn was in the shop and I had a rehearsal. It was very interesting to go back and play the student instrument after almost 15 years playing a professional-caliber one.)



Uryoces  Wednesday Feb 18 08:50 PM

I've never been to the EMP. I did pledge my $90.3 dollars to KEXP, 90.3. It's listener supported [mostly], baby! They have a streaming audio link as well, you should all check it out.

[edit]

Paul Allen bought KCMU, the University of WA alternative radio station, and ensconsed them in the EMP as KEXP.



staceyv  Friday Feb 27 12:38 AM

my first thought after looking at this was "damn! what a waste of guitars"



jaclyn8700  Tuesday Apr 11 09:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveDallas
My first student clarinet is now doing duty as the base of a lamp on my nightstand. (I actually had to take it apart and play the clarinet a few years back, when my good horn was in the shop and I had a rehearsal. It was very interesting to go back and play the student instrument after almost 15 years playing a professional-caliber one.)
i knind of wish my parents had forced me to learn how to play an instrument


Ibby  Thursday Apr 20 06:19 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by staceyv
my first thought after looking at this was "damn! what a waste of guitars"
I so agree. Here's me, saving nickels and dimes to buy some wood to make my own guitar, and BOOM, here's 600 guitars just stuck on some pipes. I mean really!


gen131  Thursday Apr 20 11:38 AM

wow!

Wow! I've hung 5 of my guitars on the wall for easy access as well as asthetics with a musical theme to my living room, but this is insane. Sure, maybe it plays some music, but for the most part, every one of those guitars is useless if you can't pull one down and experience the joy of playing it, or watch someone master its strings, or sing along in the creation of musical praise.

I'm not sure how this towering mass helps contribute to world peace or the furthering of humanity, but I guess we all have the freedom to waste our money if we want. So if some guy wants to tower with a bunch of guitars and call it art, then more power to him, but I'm sure I can think of many more aspiring musicians, and under priveleged children who could benefit more by receiveing one of those instruments, rather than seeing it imprisoned on that cage.



BigV  Wednesday Apr 26 02:37 AM

I have played this (these) instrument(s).



Ibby  Wednesday Apr 26 02:47 AM

Is it bad that I can identify the maker and model of half those guitars even from that shot?



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Apr 26 05:35 AM

Hey V, good to see ya.



dar512  Wednesday Apr 26 12:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibram
Is it bad that I can identify the maker and model of half those guitars even from that shot?
Not bad. But probably expensive.


nyet  Sunday May 7 12:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Not bad. But probably expensive.

"HA HA HA" is not witty banter.
so true about the ha ha ha



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