Piano Car exhibited at the  XVII Biennial UTSA Art Faculty Exhibition, UTSA Gallery, San Antonio,  TX.
Piano Car under construction, with design and fabrication assistance from Greg Elliott.
Waiting to enter "Traffic Jam" at the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX, to perform "Maiden Voyage" with the Piano Car.

Maiden Voyage (featuring the Piano Car). 2015. The Piano Car was funded from a commission by Steve Parker for "Traffic Jam," a multi-artist event, produced for the Fusebox Festival 2015 in Austin, TX. The Fusebox Festival is an annual, international week of innovative performance art events, which takes place in multiple venues in Austin, TX.

The composition for Maiden Voyage was based on a textured obstacle course made of a variety of materials and objects. When driven over, each material (wood, fabric, metal, ceramic, etc.) and object (glassware, toys, dinnerware, etc.) resonated the harp in its own specific and individual way, producing distinctive sounds. The composition strategy was one of arranging the materials sequentially so the sounds created a progression over time. Materials were placed on the ground in linear rows for the pianocar to traverse. To further activate the strings, metal chains and Dremel tools were hung from the top of the welded metal structure that was built above the harp.