Utah Tech student Noelle Fuller took her artistic ability to new heights by transforming a plain red piano into an art piece paying honor to southern Utah and Utah Tech University.
Fuller transformed the piano by adding a 3D bison head made out of spray foam and wood chips, painted several southern Utah landscapes, and burned petroglyphs into the wood sidings. Fuller shared it took her roughly 1,100 hours to completely transform the piano but looking back it was completely worth it and transformative.
“It took a lot of research and planning time. Creating mockups and different ideas to see which one would be approved, and then figuring out how to have those ideas come to life.” Fuller said. ” I know so much more now because of this and I am so excited. I can’t wait to keep exploring and sharing with the world. I am so happy I was able to do this and have this experience.”
Fuller’s favorite hidden part of her art piece are the petroglyphs on the legs. Referencing petroglyphs that can be seen on hikes and trails in St. George
Scultpting the bison was one of the most challenging parts for Fuller but despite the challenge she was able to learn new art style mediums and grow her skills.
“I love the mural I did on the front. I still can’t believe I painted that! I’ve been in school and done art my whole life but it had been a while since I painted.”
Fuller’s piece was unveiled at a Utah Tech event in downtown St. George in front of hundreds of community members, and her peers. Fuller’s piano art piece will be placed in a prominent location in St. George for the community to enjoy.
“I am so proud of what I was able to do and that I was able to have this opportunity. Having people be interested in what I was able to create made me want to create more,” said Fuller. “I am so grateful to the university for the opportunities they have given me and for everything I’ve learned. It’s amazing how much more I know and I can’t wait to learn and grow even more! I will be a trailblazer for life! Thank you Utah Tech!”
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