Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Curating Bulky Collection

The other day one of the folks who commented on the pink couch mentioned she liked the term "bulky collection". For those of us who live here, it's just the bi-annual big trash haul. But she thought the term sounded more like the city of Austin functioned as curator for a large scale art exhibit. I love that take on it. And considering how many people troll the streets during the week of bulky collection looking to embrace someone else's trash as their treasure, the idea of it being a curated collection of precious objects seems very fitting.
In that vein, I present what, in my opinion, has to be one of the most fabulous items set out for Bulky Collection Winter 2009:

A Wurlitzer upright piano.
It's not everyday of the week you run across a piano sitting on the curb, but that's exactly what I encountered when I drove home from swim team on Monday morning. I definitely did a double take and then decided that as soon as I got home, I'd grab my camera and record this for posterity. Best of all, I didn't have to get back in my car to take these pictures because this once "grand" piano was set out on my street just a few blocks away.


PS. Sorry folks, the piano's gone. A roving curator acquired it for his/her private collection.

11 comments:

Carmen Rose said...

Love this! I guess that makes me an opportunistic roving agent for a private collector! Me! LOL!

Eva said...

How good that someone found it who will treasure it. At least, the ivory on the keys would be worth keeping it.

David A.M. Wilensky said...

I'm pretty sure it's just called the Bulk Collection, not a BulkY Collection.

The WoodLand School said...

LOVE bulky item pickup day!
BTW ... have you been to the Cathedral of Junk in South Austin? So Austin, so wonderful ...

Becky said...

What a great picture.
I just discovered your blog, and I'm blown away! (by your work)
Thanks for that much more inspiration!
Becky

Punkinhead said...

Round these parts it's called Bulky Waste Days. :) I blogged about it a while back on my non-crafty blog www.girlchild.wordpress.com. It's my favorite season!

ELK said...

do you play?;))

that would be Austin....

textile_fetish said...

And that is the best thing about this fabulous exhibit. . . that everything is up for grabs, to be taken as part of a new installation.

Jolly Good Yarn Girl said...

Wow I've just discovered your blog I love your colourfulness. The piano was a shock. We have a 30 year old one of those Wurlitzers in our family but it's in mint condition - maybe this is how it'll look after another 30? Hope not! Poor thing. x

Heather said...

No way...my piano is exactly the same!

It resides with another family right now.

Wow.

Izzy Herriette & Co. said...

I might just be interested in purchasing this pic from you as a business card for my own ministry. If you're interested: izzy2009.blogspot.com - contact information there.

I absolutely love and admire your work. (I've shared that with you though.)

Thanks!