EUGENE, Ore. — Connor Hopkins created every drum in his gallery exhibit by hand. They’re not made out of conventional materials — they’re made of wood.
The wood is recycled material. Some of it’s old flooring, some of it Hopkins found in junk yards or got through donations. It takes him anywhere from two days to two years to make each drum.
“It’s a lot of work, but its a lot of fun too. I’ve been building drums since i was 18 and i am 33 now… It’s been a wonderful process,” said Hopkins.
That process is what caught the attention of M.E.C.C.A – the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts – in downtown Eugene.
“We just thought it was really neat to see something that was recycled thats truly useful… We dont usually get musical instruments in for art pieces and he’s one of the first that i’ve seen to dhttp://www.kezi.com/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=9116&TB_iframe=1&width=640&height=835o that,” said Marisa Fonseca, Gallery Coordinator for M.E.C.C.A.
Hopkins says he’s pleased his art fits in so well with mecca’s philosophy. “The M.E.C.C.A. gallery is really big in our community as far as the recycled end of things and everything that they feature here is reused and recycled and all the wood in this line of drums is 100 percent recycled.”
You can check out Hopkins’ drums all month in the M.E.C.C.A. gallery.