Pianos seem to to lend themselves to dramatic turns of artistry. Case in point the new Kuhn-Bösendorfer piano, a collaboration between cold glass sculptor John Kuhn and piano makers L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH of Vienna, Austria. Instead of working with molten glass like most glass artists, Kuhn works in cold glass that is cut, polished, and fused from the inside out. His works have been featured in over 30 international museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Carnegie Museum, White House Permanent Collection, National Museum of American Art and hundreds of private residences and public spaces.The 7'4" black Kuhn-Bösendorfer piano and its matching bench contain as many as 100,000 hand cut, polished jewel-like pieces of glass arranged in diamond patterns. The piano will sell for $1.2 million and each instrument will have the purchaser's name written in gold leaf embedded deep within a crystal fallboard logo. The first Kuhn-Bösendorfer will be in Kuhn Studio's Winston-Salem, N.C. gallery shortly after it is shipped from Vienna in October.
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