The Sax4Pax sax
We are making a limited edition of 193 saxophones from recycled artillery shells. Artillery shells are made of brass, the basic material for saxophones.
In collaboration with a specialized Dutch branch of the German company Aurubis, we recycled and remolded them into new sheet material.
The key inlay, normally made of mother-of-pearl, is made from the wood of an original Lee Enfield stock. This was the rifle of the British forces during WW1 and WW2. One key inlay is made from a bullet casing, shot from an actual Lee Enfield no. 1 from The Great War.
The neck of the saxophone has a small shield made out of dirt from the actual trenches, "soaked with the blood of the fallen.”
There is a special engraving on the saxophone, picturing
the Iron Tower and "Pax-gate" (Diksmuide, BE). Underneath this will be an impression of he Tyne Cot cemetery (Passendale, BE), as well as a British soldier at the grave of his fallen comrade, with the trenches, along with the Menin Gate (Ypres, BE) in the foreground, where the Last Post is played every evening.
The design of the engraving was created in collaboration with a Venezuelan artist who fled her country due to political unrest and violence.
The Bible verse that served as inspiration for this special saxophone is also engraved on the side of the saxophone bell.
In collaboration with the British creative duo of Marc Marot and Scarlett Raven, a special poppy is placed on the “Sax4Pax” saxophone. Using an application (Artivive) on your phone, through augmented reality, the saxophone will come "alive". This is the first time a musical instrument is created with the addition of augmented reality.
The proceeds of 3 saxophones will go to several charities that will be announced later in 2021.