As I watched Layla conquer the playground at the recreation centre in Maple Ridge the other day, I heard a familiar song. I looked over at the gazebo in the park next to us, and there sat a woman at a piano, pounding out Stairway to Heaven. Whose piano was it? Was it left there by mistake? We decided to investigate.
Pianos like the one in Maple Ridge have been dropped in various Metro Vancouver locations for anyone to stop by and play a tune. The goal is to change the world through the power of music.
“Our greatest desire for this project is to build bridges and foster love throughout the community through the power of music. We, the people behind Pianos on the Street, are all music lovers ourselves and piano is an extension of who we are,” states the project site.
The pianos are painted by art groups ranging from children to seniors’ groups, to groups that work with individuals who have developmental disabilities and many others.
The theme of the piano in Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge is “compassion” and was provided by Pacey’s Pianos. The design was developed under the guidance of artist Ilse Philips who is based out of Vicuna Art Studio in Maple Ridge. The colour pink was intentionally chosen to represent anti-bullying.
To play a piano near you, find a location on the project page at www.pianosonthestreet.com, but please, no Kayne.
Oh, and don’t forget to enter the photo and video contest. You could win up to $500 or have the chance to play with an orchestra.