Last week, many Seattle parks got a colorful, artistic new addition in the form of refurbished pianos. Pianos in the Parks is a campaign bringing together some of the foremost arts and music organizations in the Pacific Northwest to help communities re-discover their parks.
Twenty pianos were donated for the project, then tuned and restored by Classic Pianos before receiving creative decoration from students at the Gage Academy of Art.
Our very own Queen Anne neighborhood received one such park piano – the Mural Amphitheatre in the Seattle Center is now home to a vividly decorated baby grand piano. Artist Kathleen Moore receives the credit for its vibrant embellishment. Its gorgeous landscape encircling the frame, bright blues and purples, and stunning mountain peak on the music stand are just some of the striking elements to the piano’s new look.
To compound on this excellent opportunity for community members to rediscover the Mural Amphitheatre and other Seattle parks and their pianos, KEXP is offering a special Facebook contest through August 17th. Play your original or public domain music and have a friend film it, upload the video to Facebook, and share it on the Pianos in the Parks Facebook page (you also have to ‘like’ that page to enter). Ask your friends to ‘like’ your video. Click here for more contest rules and details.
Contest submissions and likes voting can continue until midnight on August 17th, when a grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the five top-voted finalists. The finalists will all be able to perform one musical number at a private concert event on Friday, September 19th, and the Grand Prize winner will be able to perform their winning piece at the KEXP’s Mural Theater concert on August 22nd.
So, pop on down to the Seattle Center to play on the baby grand piano at the Mural Amphitheatre (or any of the other parks with pianos) and record your performance for the contest! And at least, visit some of these incredible works of art!
Featured photo from PianosInTheParks.com.