Monday, September 14, 2009

Play It Again, Sam

A while back, you may have seen a post about the Street Piano program -- painted pianos showing up in major cities of the world. Each features a simple sign stating: "Play me, I'm yours".

In my travels this summer, I had the pleasure of stumbling on one of these pianos.

Was it in London? Sydney? Sao Paulo?

No. I discovered one of these gems in Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

A SDSO "Find the Pianos" instrument at Sioux Falls' Falls Park

The Sioux Falls version, "Find the Pianos", is sponsored by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, where they have scattered nine artist-designed pianos throughout the city. Learn more here:

In the short time my brother and I observed the piano, several people, young and old, were attracted to the keys and started playing.

This wonderful project, aside from being a clever marketing campaign for the orchestra, draws on a combination of whimsy, design, and curiosity.

It was great to see this process in action.

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