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Artist Transforms Trash To Instruments!

Ken Butler is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician who has built over 400 musical instruments. But these aren’t just any custom-built instruments. Butler builds his pieces from discarded items he finds on the streets of New York City.

Hockey sticks, tennis rackets, brooms, golf clubs, pieces of furniture, styrofoam, toothbrushes: all are fair game for his masterpieces. It’s musique concrète… jungle.

His very first creation was built using a hatchet that he found to be the exact size of a violin; in fact, it fit in a violin box perfectly.


Just add some strings, tune it up and you got yourself a beautiful sounding stringed instrument made from trash.He makes guitars, violins/violas, pianos and much more.