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Barry Rust: Creating Beautiful Music Out of Tins and Boxes

What do you do to an empty box or tin? Do you turn it into a vase? A place to put your knick-knacks in? How about into a musical instrument? Take look at what Brooklyn-based artist Barry Rust does to his collection, after the jump!

If keeping a certain item’s box or tin just because they look really nice is a crime, then consider me guilty. One of the problems of this habit however, is finding a place where put them or even a practical use for them aside from well, decoration.

Although I suppose that Brooklyn-based Barry Rust does not have this problem. For more than five years, he has taken colorful and fun-looking cookie tins and cigar boxes and turned them into banjos and ukuleles(!).

Most recently, Rust, along with hundreds of other Brooklyn-bred artists, showcased their wares in the Brooklyn Museum’s GO Brooklyn event.

Those instruments look pretty sweet, don’t they? What do you guys think?

All information for this article was taken from the Arts Observer, the GO Brooklyn page, and the Great Plains Handmade website.

written by geegraphy


  1. roxanneross


    this reminds me of seasick steve!

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  2. thrillho


    I love this stuff! After my first cigar box guitar and a tin can microphone (the easiest build ever - and what an awesome sound!) I've just about gathered all the necessary materials to make my first cookie tin banjo. On a related note, http://www.cigarboxnation.com/ has a HUGE gallery of pictures of people's selfmade box guitars that offers hours of material to gloat over and get inspired :)
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