"Cardboard Concerto, Resourceful Overture, 1st Movement in E Minor"
Earlier in 2014 I teamed up with my cousin and fellow artist Darren Sall and formed an art collective called Scratchy Brown. We had a studio at Sun Pier House in Chatham, Kent and we were best know for the work we did with recycled materials, mainly cardboard.
This full-scale replica of a W.T.Payne upright piano is made entirely from reclaimed materials.which was made for the inaugural exhibition of the Sun Pier House gallery. We happened to have a W.T.Payne upright piano for reference in our studio, so we measured every edge and every angle and made a net of all of its components. This project idea came about from a discussion, questioning whether anything was original or simply just an amalgamation of pre-existing concepts, materials, sounds and ideas. We made a piano to represent this thought through a musical instrument, as musical scores are the easiest examples to see this recycling of pre-existence. There are only 12 notes that are used to compose all the melodies ever made. As Kirby Furguson says "Art cannot be created or destroyed — only remixed"
This sculpture is merely a collection of rearranged cardboard, compiled to stimulate the visual mapping of a presupposed shape - that of a piano. It took us around a week to construct and was pleased to have it complete for the grand opening of the Gallery. We were amazed at how much positive feedback we received from this piece, and we became known in the area as the cardboard piano guys. In June 2014 it made it onto the Medway Council's Discover Medway short film made by Spaghetti Western Productions.
It was a very challenging but very rewarding project.
The Cardboard Piano still stands in the Sun Pier House Gallery & Tearooms, Chatham, Kent.