Painted pianos will return to area parks this summer, including Si View Park in North Bend, through the three-week Pianos in the Park series, produced by One Reel.
During the 18-day musical journey, 11 pianos – all painted by local artists – will be on view at locations around the Seattle area. An opening reception featuring six pianos will be held during Capitol Hill Art Walk, 5 to 7 p.m. July 13 at 12th Avenue Arts.
The other five pianos will be placed on Pike St. and 11th Avenue during the art walk, and on display July 15 to 30 in Si View Park, Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Sturgus Park, KEXP Piano at Seattle Center, and Kenmore Town Square.
The six remaining pianos will be the setting for single-day events of music, literature and visual arts programming at: Carkeek Park, July 15; Liberty Park, July 16; Redmond Central Connector Park, July 22; Cal Anderson Park, July 23; Steve Cox Memorial Park, July 29; and Alki Beach Park, July 30.
Pianos in the Parks is a public art and event series using the power of music to get us out to discover parks, connect with people and have fun. It was all started by Laird Norton Wealth Management in 2014 to encourage the discovery of parks through music and art by placing one-of-a-kind, artist-designed upright and grand pianos in parks for free public use and music exploration.
Laird Norton Wealth Management will remain the lead sponsor of the event. Other partners will return from previous years, including Classic Pianos, who will once again provide the pianos, tuning and delivery services for this program.