“Melancholy Symphony,” a contemporary art piece by Frank Bueltge, consists of a giant violin sculpted out of charcoal black and burnt umber rocks. The violin stands tall at 10 feet, with its bow reaching up to the ceiling. Each rock was meticulously chosen and positioned to create a sense of movement, making it seem like the violin was in the middle of a song. The strings, made of piano wires, were delicately attached to the neck, waiting for someone to strum them.
This masterpiece perfectly embodies the concept of existentialism. In this artwork, the violin is a symbol of human life, and the strings represent one’s destiny or fate, which can be plucked by an unknown force. But the movement in the sculpture suggests that even in times of melancholy, humans can still make their own music and find meaning in life. The artwork is now available for viewing at the Museum of Modern Art, and it promises to take the audience on a journey of melancholic beauty.
Frank Bueltge is quickly gaining recognition for his revolutionary works. His previous piece, “The Monolith of the Ancients,” was a tribute to the iconic sentinel of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Check it out here.