Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturday Snapshots - Pianos on Parade

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When I received an email from Auburn City Hall, telling about an outdoor "Pianos on Parade" art installation, I grabbed my camera and hit the streets. Here's what I found. (Click on photos to enlarge.)


A tribute to street performers with a tip jar built in!
Inspired by a 1920s German silent horror film,
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Inspired by the view of Mount Rainier, the artist made
a torn paper collage to decorate this piano.
Share your own melodies by arranging magnetic
laser-cut wood musical notes on a metallic score,
then play what you find. 
A rain shower put a stop to my photography.
There were several other pianos that I didn't see. 
If you're curious about the other designs or would like to 
know more, here's a link: Auburn, Washington, "Pianos on Parade."
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16 comments:

  1. This is such an interesting array of whimsical art works. And you can still play on the pianos too. What a wonderful idea. Maybe on a sunny day you can photograph the rest of the parade and share with us as well. All we had a few years ago in our city were only decorated cows. ;)

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    1. I'll have to brush up on my piano playing skills before I visit the others.

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  2. Hi sandy,

    Many of our UK cities host these very unique art installations on an annual basis. The works stay in place all around the city for a few weeks and are then generally auctioned off for charity.

    My favourite one this year, was this display put on in London ...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28105839

    I have never seen one done with pianos though and I particularly like The Mount Rainier collage.

    Great post and I hope that you are enjoying your weekend,

    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks for the link to the London art installation. Delightful! It takes an artistic person to look at a bench and envision it as a book.

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  3. What a great display! And these are definitely some unique pianos. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I enjoyed your beach day post. Makes me want to head for the ocean!

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  4. Wow! How cool is that! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. I thought it was cool, too -- especially since you could actually play the pianos. (Well...assuming you know how!)

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  5. This looks so creative. No wonder you rushed out to get some pictures.

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    1. I was fun driving and walking around town to try to find them. I had a great time.

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  6. This is so inspired! What great fun. I hope the rain didn't damage anything:)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed today's post. The rain was just a sprinkle--just enough to frizz my hair.

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  7. I love this sort of thing too- it's fun seeking them out and finding your favourites. I've been rhino hunting this year.

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  8. How cool! I would have loved to have seen these.

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