Uplifting event

Visionary Art Museum's quirky Bra Ball this Saturday gives support to worthy causes

July 20, 2006|By MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY | MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER

Construction engineer Joe Wall is a vision in saw blades.

Wall, 38, of Laurel, designed his own brassiere - or "manssiere" after the term popularized by Seinfeld - from two 7.5-inch round blades, which he displays proudly over his overalls. The blades are adorned with battery-powered red and blue jewelry. The pieces are shaped like stars and, when they light up, the overall effect is one of tasteful patriotism.

"I haven't got this thing motorized yet," Wall says, "but I'm working on it. I thought it would look cool if they rotated. I'm going for blue-collar fabulous."

If you go Bra Ball will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Tickets: $78-DD (push-up) or $98-DDD (extra support). 410-244-1900 or avam.org.

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