Downtown Piano ready
Culture Summerside’s musical experiment to be on display for the rest of the summer
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.