Vinyl resting place

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 1999

You don't see a lot of clothing made from old LP records.

Rob Millard of Massachusetts created a vest from leather, Led Zeppelin, Styx and Talking Heads records, earning him $300 worth of CDs and the second place prize in Vinyl Resting Place.

The international art competition, founded and coordinated by Juneau public radio station KTOO-FM, is now in its second year. Ten artists created work using old LP and 45 records. They cut, sewed, melted, shaped and painted the vinyl, and most combined the old records with other media to create their art.

First place and $500 worth of CDs went to the Rev. Hilary Pfeifer of Portland, Ore., for ``Family Groove,'' her large wall mural made from carefully cut and reassembled LPs.

Two artists designed and built avant garde furniture incorporating records, and one created a monument to Alan Freed, the early rock-era Disc Jockey busted in a historic payola scandal in the late 1950s.

Last year part of the exhibit was displayed at the Alaska State Museum, and the entire show was on the Internet. Vinyl Resting Place won't be coming to Juneau this year, but it is available at a virtual gallery on the Web at


"Record Chair" by Jeffery Alan Green.


Jeff Brown and David Waters of KTOO first came up with the idea a couple years ago as a way to recycle obsolete vinyl records. Brown advertised the contest in national art publications, and contacted the art departments of various universities. The Alaska State Museum signed on as a co-sponsor, and entries came in from across the United States and Canada.

Entries are now being considered for the upcoming third annual Vinyl Resting Place, and information is available at the Website or through Brown at KTOO.

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