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Piano art goes public

Posted at 3:45pm Monday 07 Oct, 2013 | By Ross Brown

Random music played on an abstractly painted piano is filling the air in downtown Tauranga.

People passing by are asked to be instant buskers and belt out a tune on the old piano located outside Creative Tauranga in Willow Street.

A piano situated on Willow Street is open to be played by anyone passing by.

The idea to put the piano on the street arose from a creative workshop led by international community development expert Peter Kageyama in Tauranga earlier this year.

About 100 people attended the ‘For the Love of Tauranga' workshop, organised by Creative Tauranga, where participants took part in a range of activities designed to connect them with the city.

Participants created a number of projects aimed at bettering the community, and then voted on their favourite, with the street piano receiving a $500 grant to help make it a reality.

Creative Tauranga's projects manager Becks Watts says this is the first of many pianos to be placed around city.

“We hope the pianos will become a permanent feature of our streets.”

The painting of the pianos has been undertaken by artists from Tauranga artist collective, The Incubator.

“We placed the first piano in the street at 10am this morning and it hasn't stopped being played since” says Becks.

“People are really playing well and we are hearing some great tune.” 

Becks says music adds soul to the streets and the piano is a piece of public art to be enjoyed by all.


great 2 hear

Posted on 07-10-2013 21:36 | By Wonkytonk

was so nice to hear people on it today as i walked about, great idea well done...just don't leave bag pipes around!

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