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Play on painted pianos in unexpected places around Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:31 PDT, Fri August 16, 2019

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Richmond heritage sites, plazas and parks are alive with the sound of music.

Richmond heritage sites, plazas and parks are alive with the sound of music.

The sixth annual Richmond Pianos on the Street program provides five open air publicly accessible pianos throughout the city for the community to enjoy and play.

The artfully painted pianos can be found outdoors in the unusual places of the Richmond Nature Park, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Terra Nova Community Gardens, the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza and King George Park. Community members of all ages and musical abilities are invited to play and enjoy the pianos now through to the end of September.

The pianos have been artistically and creatively reimagined by Richmond artists. Professional artist Catherine Adamson reimagined the pianos at Britannia Shipyards and Richmond Nature Park with her distinctive “Jackson Pollack meets Van Gogh” style of painting and artists as young as five years old from Thompson Community Association’s Terra Nova Nature Camp delightfully recreated the story of much loved Peter Rabbit on the piano in the Community Gardens at Terra Nova Rural Park.

Young Cambie Community Centre students of Chinese Brush Painting artist and instructor Nancy Chew creatively interpreted traditional Chinese imagery to beautify the piano at King George Park and the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza piano was artistically transformed by the Richmond Art Gallery Youth Collective.

The Pianos on the Street Program is sponsored by the City of Richmond Public Art Program and Pacey’s Pianos, in partnership with local community groups and artists.

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