On our recent trip to Denver, Contrapuntist and I discovered that a bouquet of colorfully painted pianos had sprung up along the 16th Street Mall, in the heart of downtown. The pianos are part of Your Keys to the City, a public piano art program created by the Downtown Denver Partnership. Each instrument is hand-painted by local artists with a “Spring” theme. The public can play on the pianos from 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week.
According to Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, “The pianos along the 16th Street Mall taught us that people have a voracious appetite for opportunities to make music… Our ability to showcase the talents of local artists through this program has also been invaluable…”
The public certainly seemed to enjoy the pianos. We saw quite a few children plunking the keys, and some adults making some pretty decent music. You can check out our pictures below:
- Your Keys to the City: 10 Artist-Painted Pianos Dotting Downtown (thedenveregotist.com)
- Pianos invading downtown Salt Lake! (abc4.com)
- Chicago Will Soon Be Invaded by Pianos: CSOA Kicks off Keys to the City Piano Festival (thecontrapuntist.com)