|Project by Lee Barker||posted 03-15-2011 11:03 PM||3707 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
You can pick your own chair or they’ll hand you one. Most of the artists end up carving on them or painting. When the high school art students get involved, there us much more decorating and embellishment.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs holds this event yearly. The beneficiary of the money generated may vary from year to year. For 2011 it is the Sparrow Clubs of Central Oregon. These ladies do a top-drawer job of promoting the event by displaying the chairs all together at a downtown Art Walk as well as several other functions. Interstitially the chairs are on display at various businesses to create a little buzz among potential bidders.
Some details here: The dashboard, which is mounted on aluminum tubing from a walker, lifts up with the same geometry as a vintage high chair. The controls are non functional, but the crank does rotate on the dial which shows the days of the week. The brass valve reminds me of the gas petcocks in the chemistry lab in high school.
The only items purchased new were two brass tees which connect the soft copper from the headpiece to the aluminum endless spiral which contains the brass pipe. Many of the visible parts were purchased at thrift stores and garage sales. I have boxes of the stuff. Come and get it.
The Farberware barbecue spit motor, seen at the lower left side of the chair, does operate. The rotation traverses two universal joints and terminates at the disk which keeps six brass bells in play. Sometimes the notes cascade, sometimes there are innocent little bingles.
Now you’ve seen it. Queen Victoria’s Secret Steampunk Tinntinabulator. Plug it in. Sit down. Turn it on. Get all bingley.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"