Note: This is part 1 of a series of student essays from NOCCA's Creative Writing Department. A student essay will be posted once a week for the next 5 weeks. Comments are welcome and the students may respond.
Not so Strange as “Stranger Fruit” by Natasha Cox
on Blossom by Sanford Biggers
The U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum
Entitled Blossom, the Prospect.1 piece by Sanford Biggers was housed on the second floor landing of in The U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum with no particular room or gallery to call its own: bathrooms to the right, elevators to the left. It stood at the crossroads of foot traffic, between the hallways and the entryways to other showrooms, seemingly an outcast, yet also somehow glorified in its solitude. Blossom, a piece of outlandish sculptural and musical presence, consisted of a baby-grand style player piano – a piano and all of the materials used in the crafting of a piano: plastic for the keys, polished wood for the smooth surfaces of the frame, the legs, and the lid, as well as tight ropes of metal cords stretched through the instrument’s belly.