The Junkyard Music Box

2012 ArtPrize Entry

The Junkyard Music Box is a human-powered, automated musical sculpture, made of recycled materials. The public will be able to turn a crank, which will rotate an underground storage tank. The piece also includes instruments made from: granite counter-top, open-end wrenches, brake drums, and rotors.

Audiences at the B.O.B are greatly enjoying the JYMB; visitors of all ages love playing the various xylophones and lithophones. Come see, hear, and play the amazing Junkyard Music Box!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 10 ft
  • Medium: Human-Powered Automated Musical Sculpture
  • Width: 10 ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 25 ft

Venue & Connection Information

While this piece is meant to be played by the public, it would be best to be installed in a setting where there could be some control over accessibility. It will be as safe as possible, but because there will be moving parts, it will be best to have the mechanism cordoned off to prevent accidents. The public should be allowed only to activate the sculpture by turning the crank made from a meat grinder, while the main structure should be untouchable. The dimensions shown above would be for the size of the area to be cordoned off. The most effective way to demonstrate the piece, may to be to have its use supervised , and schedule regular performances, perhaps on the half-hour. During all other times, the sculpture could be locked to prevent vandalism and misuse.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: Yes

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