Pianos Become Interactive Art in Downtown Everett, WA

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For the second year in a row, the city of Everett has placed pianos throughout the central downtown core. I went around Everett this evening and took photos. Some of the pianos were still wrapped and a couple were locked but the idea is to get people to interact with the art so I assume they will unlock the remaining pianos tomorrow.  The project is called Street Tunes and below I’ve attached the official city of Everett Press Release. You can also Click Here to vote for your favorite piano on the City of Everett’s website. The pianos will be on the streets thru August 24th.

Street Tunes showcases interactive art in downtown

EVERETT – Join in the fun along the sidewalks in downtown Everett with Street Tunes: An Invitation To Jam now through Wednesday Aug. 24.  You are invited to play any of the 10 pianos that have been decorated by local artists.

          “We want everyone to participate in our interactive art project and make Everett Street Tunes a memorable summer experience,” said Carol Thomas, cultural arts manager for City of Everett.  “Street Tunes was so successful last summer, attracting attention to local businesses and creating music throughout the city that we have added two more pianos this year.”

Everett Street Tunes is an interactive art project, from start to finish, beginning with the commissioning of artists to decorate each piano.  Last week, the Corner Studio & Gallery (2831 Wetmore Avenue) was busy as three pianos were decorated by artists Mike Capp taking inspiration from robots and comic books, Shannon Danks (2010 recipient of the Mayor’s Art Award for Arts Educator), turned her piano into a sparkling mosaic and Janet Wold (Street Tunes Favorite Piano winner of 2010) added another animal to the piano collection. The dark, carved wood of artist Lyussy Hyder’s piano reminded her of pirates and sailing ships. BoxyQueens Gallery of Awesome owner and artist Tami A. Walker used found objects and metallic materials to decorate her piano.

Five of the pianos from last summer will be returning to the streets and were created by artists Jane Meagher and Darrin Hess, who collaborated on a piano inspired by the Tlingit Native American tribal tale about a whale and a hoodwinking Raven who stole the sun and then brought it back in the story of creation.  Evelia A Sanchez; drew inspiration from her Hispanic background while Kathleen Dawe’s artistry was inspired by music and nature; and Cheri O’Brien’s artwork reflects Mambo dancers.

The 10th piano is Janet Wold’s People Choice Award Music Leopard Lounge.

          Photos of each piano are on the city’s website, where fans can vote for their favorite decorated piano.  The piano with the most votes will be awarded the “People’s Choice Award” by the City of Everett.

          The 10 pianos will be installed in their locations on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and will remain open to the public to play through Wednesday, Aug. 24.

          “We are proud to present this interactive art project that we hope will inspire people to enjoy our downtown even more,” Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. “This project is about engaging artists and creating energy and excitement in our city.”
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