Creating in a Pandemic: Gina Rossi

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Sculpture artist Gina Rossi has an unusual take on the societal shutdown caused by the coronavirus. “I’ve looked it as a positive actually. It’s almost like a big pause button that allows you to go inward and think of it really as the glass half full,” she says. “It’s been an advantage in a way for my business and for me creating as an artist.”

Rossi is known for functional sculptures made from upcycled materials such as old bicycle chains, rusty bolts and abandoned musical instruments. She teaches high school students and adults the art of welding inside her studio on 20th Street. With social distancing in mind, Rossi found a way to stay connected with her students through take-home art kits.

Rossi is currently working on a commissioned sculpture for the historic Marshall Hotel building next to Golden 1 Center. She’s creating a large trumpet made from retired musical instruments and parts such as ivory piano and saxophone keys. The piece is inspired by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, who once performed at the hotel.

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