Orpheus Piano Co. is built on a passion not only for pianos - but for the people who know and love them. Pianos are a direct extension of people - both of our bodies, and our undying desire to create music. One of the best parts working on pianos is meeting all the fascinating people who own them.
In that spirit, we're proud to kick-off the official OPC blog with a post on Roy Carrubba, proud owner of a ca. 1959 Lester Spinet Piano, a retired PE Teacher, a pro-Conga drummer - and an incredibly unique and talented artist who creates complex structural marvels out of copper.
Below are photos of 10 of his favorite sculptures with descriptions-in his own words-followed by a bio. Please visit Roy at www.copperbyroy.com to learn more, view more, and commission exclusive works!
(Click on the images below to see them full size.)
1. Coney Island Parachute Jump
Inspired by my childhood recollection of actually seeing the ride in operation, I was compelled to recreate the famous icon out of copper and brass. I wanted the piece to be authentic by actually making it a kinetic sculpture.
2. Mr. Peanut
I always wanted to sculpt a whimsical piece and make it functional as well. Mr. Peanut stands almost six feet tall and doubles as a torch lamp and nut server. His top hat is made from a wastepaper basket. The monocle leash is bicycle chain and the sculpture’s base is an outdoor umbrella stand.
3. Shark's Head
The movie Jaws terrified me back in the 70’s. Need I say more?
4. Bug in a Jar (Volkswagen Beetle Under Glass)
Coming from a science background, I was always intrigued by the various specimens exhibited in the lab. When you combine that with my love for classic cars, you get this strange piece.
5. Antique Airplane
When I was a Cub Scout back in the 60’s, my father and I tackled a project assigned to me. It was our task to make a model of a biplane composed of a wood skeleton wrapped in a paper exterior. After hours of frustration and glue-covered fingers, the plane came out horrendous. This sculpture is a tribute to my father.
6. World's Fair Unisphere
Everyone should experience a World’s Fair at least once in their lifetime. I had ‘Disneyland’ in my backyard for two years while growing up in Brooklyn. The Unisphere, displayed in what is now called Flushing Meadow park, is a constant reminder of that experience.
7. Horus, the Eqyptian Falcon
From an early age, Egyptian artifacts have fascinated me. I was inspired to make this piece by King Tuts Tomb, The Mummy movies, and the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.
8. Indian Circus Elephant
Growing up, I spent many days enjoying the various acts of the circus. The elephants in the finale would always be elegantly costumed, and this always impressed me.
Editor's Note : Roy told us that the watermarks visible in the close-up of the elephant's ear above were left by the severe flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, which hit Rockaway Peninsula hard. Despite the tragedy of this natural disaster, Roy liked the effect of the saltwater on the copper. Roy wire-brushes the copper in his sculpture to accelerate and enhance the natural discoloration of the metal due to environmental exposure.
9. Captain's Wheel
My favorite book is “Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville; I must have read it 5 times. The book and its movie counterpart gave me the inspiration I needed to make this nautical piece.
10. Totem Pole
Totem carvings have always captured my interest and attention, and I sympathize with the plights of the Native American. I tried to capture the massiveness of their early art masterpieces with this colossal work.
Meet the Artist
"I was born and raised in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn, NY. As I grew up, I realized that I was mechanically inclined and often felt the urge to make things by hand. Attending Brooklyn Tech High School in the seventies only heightened my interest in being hands-on. My aspirations to one day become an engineer, however, were thwarted by the slide rule—a precursor to the electronic calculator—that I couldn’t master. So, instead, I turned to my next love: sports. I attended Brooklyn College and shortly after became a Physical Education teacher. I would work at a NYC high school for over 30 years thereafter. Along the way, my hobby was music. I had learned to play hand drums at an early age and became proficient on the congas and bongos, which I still enjoy. Today, I perform with various bands around the tri-state area. A recent claim to fame is that I opened up a show for the B-52’s at a rock club in Manhattan. I’ve been married for 32 years, and I have one son. My artwork has been on display primarily at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition gallery and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center"