Friday, June 24, 2005

Claw Foot Bathtub Oddities - Part Duex

The Claw Foot Bathtub as Art.

Today we continue our exploration of the more innovative and unusual uses for a claw foot bathtub. The theme: the claw foot bathtub as art.

Artistic Meditation:

Let's start off by introducing Fay Sciarra: artist, mother and professional-grade tubber. One of the items she likes to paint is, of course, the claw foot bathtub she has in her studio. The tub is not a prop, mind you, but a fully-functioning part of the studio. She likes to contemplate her work while taking a good long soak with a glass of chardonnay. Obviously, she has perfected the art of multitasking.

fully-functioning studio claw foot bathtub

The Claw Foot Bathtub as a Double Bass

Meet Jeff Warmouth , a Massachusetts-based media artist who built this fully functional claw foot bathtub double bass guitar:

The claw foot bathtub as double bass

The construction details, in his words: “The neck is bolted through the drainpipe hole in such a way that the tub itself is not damaged. All of the wooden elements are handmade, using methods based on the construction of an actual bass. The string scale is about 125% the length of a standard 3/4 upright bass. The strings themselves are made from different gauges of “weed whacker” string, and are tuned with guitar tuners, the only standard music hardware used on this sculpture.”

The Claw Foot Bathtub as Flower Planter

Finally, I found a nice image of a claw foot bathtub in one of the more common “non-standard” uses – as a flower planter. Benicia Living , “an informal magazine about Benicia”, California, has this (and a host of other pretty neat slice-of-life photographs) on their site.

OK kids, enough for now. Next week: Whirlpool clawfoot tubs (construction, how to buy, maintenance, etc.), perhaps another promotional offer or two from some other retailers, and anything else that I find interesting. Have a great weekend.