Altered Telephone Project for Alternatives to Violence

Sculpture of a tree made out of an old telephone and telephone wire

(The Be Good Tanyas)
old telephone, telephone & floral wire, glow-in-the-dark beads

I created this piece about a month ago and it was auctioned off at a fundraiser for Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse. The Palouse Women Artists as a group created a number of altered telephones for the fundraiser and the auction was hosted by Café Artisa in Moscow, Idaho.

When I started I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the telephone, but once I removed the plastic telephone case and saw the bells inside I knew that I had to create some kind of an instrument (I’m a drummer). Art that can be played is so much more fun! The tree has lots of bells attached and can be tapped to make them jingle. I also provided some little beaters so that you could hit the bells. The process of creating it brought me back to my musical roots and made me smile. I’m also kind of a bead nut and so I wound small, glow-in-the-dark beads into the branches. Some of my favorite things: drums, beads, and trees 🙂