The DoSeum / San Antonio Children's Museum
San Antonio United States
Artwork budget: 7500
Mary Elizabeth Cantu
SpareParts San Antonio
Junk Jam at The DoSeum was created on behalf of the San Antonio Children's Museum as an interactive “junk or trash” sculpture, which is designed to educate children about reuse and recycling through play. Junk Jam is a whimsical and musical instrument in that “trash” is creating a sound response as children play with it. Junk Jam materials consist of plastics, an old bicycle pedal, discarded toys, metal, thrift store items, and guitar strings. The dimensions of Junk Jam are 5' by 40″ by 2' and it was added to a manufactured base with castors.
I collaborated with the non-profit organization SpareParts San Antonio as a resource to obtain reuse materials, and to source subcontractors. One side of Junk Jam is a laser cut map of the San Antonio river and key interest places like The DoSeum. This piece is interactive in that children can play the guitar strings I installed on this panel. Another side panel of Junk Jam has a xylophone of fireworks, which is a laser cut drawing of the Alamodome and Hemisfair Tower of the Americas. All laser cutting was done by a contractor from 10 bitworks in San Antonio, and the laser cut files were drafted by the artist.