It's yet to be known what caused the damage

Pianos in Parks program sees first casualty

It's yet to be known what or who caused the damage, but the piano was definitely out of commission by Saturday afternoon.

Pianos planted in local parks have been charming Kelowna residents in recent weeks.

They continually draw a crowd, and at one point even lured Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler to play an impromptu tune before he was set to perform at Prospera Place later that night.

Perhaps most remarkably, however, is that they have been outside for weeks while remaining relatively unscathed by vandals.

That run seemingly came to an end this weekend.

As the city’s population swelled along with the staging of a popular festival, one piano seemingly took a beating, as can be seen in the accompanying photo.

It’s yet to be known what or who caused the damage, but the piano was definitely out of commission by Saturday afternoon.

Pianos in Parks is a new initiative created by Festivals Kelowna in 2015 with a goal to animate and decorate public spaces through community interaction.

Inspired by similar ‘pop-up piano’ initiatives that run in cities all around the world, 5 free, playable and accessible pianos will be installed in high profile, public spaces throughout downtown Kelowna that will encourage residents and visitors to reveal their “inner Mozart”.

Decorated in a zany, collaborative effort, Festivals Kelowna’s five pianos showcase the artwork of local Disney Interactive artists, and members of the Festivals Kelowna Board and staff team.

The pianos are supposed to “build upon the spirit of inspiring music and creativity in our urban environment.”


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