Friday, August 26, 2011

Keys - what to do with them?

I have collected a large amount of old keys from when we re-keyed our entire department several years ago. Since I was in charge of the keys at the time, I threw all the old keys in a box and have held on to them, meaning to create something wonderful out of them someday. Someday is here!

Anchorage is hosting a re-vAmp, Re-do, re-sTore (ART) event for America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011. The challenge is to create art using 90% recycled or reclaimed product. I am planning on entering the competition and have a couple of ideas.

My first idea was a PorKEYpine or bird sculpture, but the more I work with these keys I realize I don't have enough, nor do I know enough about working with metal. So then I moved on to interesting designs, which works well with keys, but somehow they all seemed rather boring; circles, flowers, and snowflakes. Not really "wow" art in my opinion. This is from my latest playtime. I kind of like this rooster made of keys. I'm thinking if I clean them all really well and put a shine on them, it might look nice on a solid black background.

Have you got any other ideas? The art must be offered for sale, must use 90% reclaimed material, must be portable, and will be entered into a juried art show and displayed around Anchorage.

13 comments:

Lisa said...

I love the rooster. I'd go with that idea.

Katie said...

Hey mom, That rooster looks awesome! Love you!

Mim said...

I also love the rooster! You could rust some of the keys to ad accent colors ver clever of you

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I think this looks great. I like Mim's rusty idea. For more recycled look maybe an old quilt as a background.

tainterturtles said...

Nice piece of recycled art!!!!

Kellie said...

LOve the rooster!

soulbrush said...

I simply adore this!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I LOVE this Rooster. I love Roosters and chickens anyway. Yes I agree with Mom, rust would look good in the Comb and neck waddle they get.

Lynn said...

Delightfully keyed rooster! On black for sure. Or, anyway to glue them so it's a structure that stands alone?

A Lady's Life said...

I like it.
I also have a lot of keys and thought one day I will have a room to do stuff like this

crochet lady said...

Great idea! I like the rooster too.

Margaret Ann said...

What a coooooool idea Patty!!! This would be amazing on an old piece of barnwood too!

I may have to try using some of the antique keys Scott's mom had and recycly them into a work of art. Fabulous idea!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Found this by typing in what to do with old keys. I LOVE IT! and my kitchen theme is roosters. Oh boy will I have fun. Thank you.