Even though the Nashville flood of May 2010 damaged aspects of the music city, the waters couldn’t silence the music forever. Many guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos and other instruments were damaged beyond repair, but ReTune Nashville is making use of those silenced instruments in an artistic flare the instruments weren’t designed for. Now, they will be transformed into three-dimensional works of art to be hung on walls and to be considered as things of beauty and Nashville history.
According to AOL’s The Boot, the finished masterpieces will be exhibited in the art community, and auctioned off to benefit MusiCares Nashville flood relief and the Nashville Musicians Association flood relief fund.
More than 60 instruments have been donated in the past few weeks. Instruments of Rich Eckhardt, guitarist for Toby Keith; Chuck Goff, Keith’s bassist; and Brady Seals have been among those who donated to the nonprofit group. Even a piece of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater has been donated, which ReTune Nashville is considering to use as a base of a piece of sculpture.
ReTune Nashville will clean and decontaminate the donated instruments and then pass them on to a visual artist. Instrument donations can still be made. If you are interested in donating or getting involved as an artist, go to the ReTune website and fill out an artist application.
Source: The Boot