Product Focus: Contemporary Metal Guitar

Product Focus: Contemporary Metal Guitar

Molo Wethu has a large selection of unique African paintings and sculptures available on the online store. These artworks are typically African in their characteristics and use of recycled materials. They mainly depict the vast array of African wildlife, but also portray life in African townships and the vibrant people that call the continent home. However, we have just launched two new products that have a more modern approach to recycled metal sculpture – one of which is our Contemporary Metal Guitar.

Sculptures made from recycled materials are a common genre in modern African art. Visit any art gallery, roadside curio store or art vendor and you are likely to find an animal sculpture made from recycled steel scraps. These sculptures are often lifelike and detailed, but they can be abstract too. Either way, they are always charismatic and have a quirky charm about them.

Much of African art takes inspiration from Mother Nature, however, this new product uses music as it’s motivation. African music is unmistakable and, since the 1900s, has featured the electric guitar as one of the favoured musical instruments. Renowned musicians such as Ray Phiri (a South African guitarist who worked on Paul Simon’s album Graceland), Oliver Mtukudzi (the late Zimbabwean guitarist and singer that inspired a generation of musicians) and Sir Victor Uwaifo (arguably the most successful guitarist in Nigeria) have made their mark on the continent through their skills on the guitar.

Molo Wethu offers contemporary metal guitar sculptures

This new product is handcrafted from recycled metal parts – engine components to be specific. The guitar is welded together from old bicycle chains, ball-bearings, clutch plates and gears. No two guitars are exactly the same; they are created from various mechanical parts that have been salvaged from old machinery. These guitar sculptures can make ideal gifts for music lovers and guitar players.

They are life-size replicas of electric guitars and each one can be fitted with a shoulder strap. They vary slightly in measurement, but all of the guitar sculptures weigh approximately eight kilograms. The craftsmanship is truly appreciated when you hold the sculpture in your hands and observe every tiny detail. These unique sculptures cost US$599 and can be shipped worldwide.

Buyers can purchase these proudly South African sculptures as talking points or as a feature for a wall. These recycled guitar sculptures will be a highlight for any room, whether at home  or in an office. They can truly be a conversation starter for guests and customers that appreciate musical instruments. Molo Wethu is able to deliver purchases around the world, thanks to our relationships with trusted courier services. Place an order today and bring a bit of musical spirit into your space.


To learn more about Molo Wethu and our bespoke African artworks, please do not hesitate to contact us. Molo Wethu sources, collects and distributes a variety of unique African paintings and sculptures. Visit our online store to purchase these artworks for your home or office – they are ideal for art collectors, travellers and gift-givers.

Molo Wethu supports the needs of differently-abled humans. A portion of the sales from selected products will be donated to organisations that help children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome in South Africa. This also helps to raise awareness of mental health issues in Africa. 

We are able to deliver artworks around the world. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and Molo Wethu product launches, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Take a look at our blog for more informative articles on African art, empowering artists and mental health.


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