Art for Art's sake from Rega

Plurison, which distributes the products of Rega Research throughout Canada, sponsored a press breakfast in which they unveiled a series of Rega turntables that had been transformed by the Quebec artist Zilon (seen above). On display were three RP1s and three RP3s, the plinths and platter hubs of which were painted using Molotow oil-based markers; 100 copies of each of these six originals will be made—by means of silk-screening—and sold, with more designs to follow.

Speaking for Plurison, Michel Plante said that they were "proud to bring art to people who may not otherwise have it in their houses" (a sentiment that, interestingly enough, foreshadows the topic of my "Listening" column for the June 2014 issue). "We give people a black box and think that will excite them—but it does not excite them"

jimtavegia's picture

I would have a hard time getting one of those turntable stands past my wife,  for sure.  I wonder what excuse would work:  "Reduces air-borne vibration" or "reduces floor vibrations"?  My guess is none of the above.  YMMV.  

corrective_unconscious's picture

"using Molotow oil-based markers"

No one suggested green CD markers?

I don't even recognize this industry anymore.

volvic's picture

I know this artist, have met him at a friend's house who had a few of his works.  The only thing I can add is if those people who own his art, and have discretionary income, gravitate towards hi-fi by buying "cross-industry" turntables that incorporate art and hi-fi and are incorporated into their homes as lifestyle products then more power to Rega.   Hopefully this will open the door to great sound for people who never would have noticed Rega at all.