Strings of Buttons Become Musical Instruments


Remember those beaded curtains from the 70’s? Miami based artist Augusto Esquivel has used a similar concept to create life sized musical instruments- but walking through these would be a sin. The installations were created by stringing colored sewing buttons on to dangling fishing wire from an overhead support. Esquivel meticulously placed each button so that your eyes will fill in the spaces to see each object. Jean-Luc Samuel Gallic calls it three dimensional pointillism. At his most recent exhibit, Esquivel showcased an upright piano, cello, harp, and phonograph fashioned in this method.


According to Esquivel:

“I am often obsessed with comparisons of reality and potential and the balance between them, in art: the idea of chaos in perfect order: an object seemingly solid to the eye can also be fragile and inconsistent to the touch; a common object used to create a piece of art becomes transformed into something complicated and intriguing.”

See more of his classy musical creations below and check out more of his colorful pieces, including Mona Lisa and a gum ball machine, on and Facebook. Follow Esquivel on Twitter for all the latest news.




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