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:

Arti said...

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. ;)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Ginx Craft said...

What an interesting exhibition.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

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

Sharon Taylor Xuereb said...

Wow, those piano's look great. Thanks for sharing.
Sharon @ Sharon's Book Nook!

Paulita said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

jacquie said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Louise said...

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

carol said...

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