Down­town Pi­ano ready

Cul­ture Summerside’s mu­si­cal experiment to be on dis­play for the rest of the sum­mer

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY NANCY MACPHEE

Get ready to tickle the ivories. Cul­ture Summerside’s Down­town Pi­ano was ex­pected to make its de­but this week, si­t­u­ated near Kelly’s Flower Shoppe on Wa­ter Street.

The re­fur­bished old pi­ano, with its mod­ern elec­tronic key­board in place of tra­di­tional ivory keys, was do­nated to the city’s cul­tural depart­ment.

The idea is to in­spire spon­ta­neous mu­sic in the heart of the western city.

“We just took it down­town about an hour ago,” her­itage and cul­ture prop­er­ties man­ager Lori El­lis said late Mon­day af­ter­noon.

El­lis noted that the pi­ano had been on dis­play on Heather Moyse Drive, but not set up, dur­ing this past week­end’s Sum­mer-Ride. The hope had been to have it set up ear­lier in the sum­mer, she added.

“It was def­i­nitely a pri­or­ity but there were a lot of pri­or­i­ties.”

Young artists, some of the stu­dents of artist Mau­rice Bernard, have painted the old wooden pi­ano, all part of the pi­lot pro­ject.

“There have been a num­ber of artists now who have worked on it,” said El­lis.

“There are quite a few lay­ers of work on it. Some shine through and show through a lot more than oth­ers.”

The pi­ano will be moved to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the down­town where passersby can stop, sit awhile and, hope­fully, play a song for oth­ers to hear.

Nu­mer­ous cities and towns through­out the world have done sim­i­lar projects to pro­mote art and cul­ture in their com­mu­nity.

“I hope that what it does is cre­ate a more en­joy­able streetscape, in terms of at­mos­phere.”

El­lis added the pi­ano would be out when weather per­mits and should re­main in the down­town into the fall.

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