London’s first Outdoor Community Piano Project was officially unveiled today, at a ceremony held during the Hyde Park Business Association’s (HPBA) annual Open House.
The Community Piano Project is a collaborative initiative, spearheaded by the HPBA, and involving many sponsors and partners. The project benefited from the City’s Community Public Art Project funding, as a perfect example of communities and the City of London working together to bring public art to our neighbourhoods.
A stunning piece of performance art, the piano will be located in public parkland just north of Gainsborough Road, and playable from dawn until dusk by any residents who wish to express themselves and share their creativity with others.
“The City’s Culture Office is pleased to have partnered on this exciting demonstration of community collaboration,” says Robin Armistead, Manager of Culture. “The outdoor Community Piano helps to exemplify how performance art can be integrated into any neighbourhood, for the benefit of the entire community”.
“The experience of playing an outdoor painted piano was so special, we wanted to share this creative community building idea in London,” says Donna Szpakowski, President of the Hyde Park Business Association. “The Hyde Park community’s support for this project has been overwhelming, and we hope everyone will enjoy the piano’s benefits for years to come.”
Following the unveiling, pianist Eli Pasic was the first to tickle the ivories for the crowd, after which the piano was officially turned over to the community.