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Grand piano randomly appears on beach

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Tim Padrick:
It looks like it came out of a burned building.

Tom Young:
Brings a whole new meaning to "piano bar".

Art Welter:
Scott Raymond wrote on Wed, 26 January 2011 20:01

Someone's taking the "Piano on the street" concept a bit too far.  Not too many bystanders around to enjoy your playing out there.  


Snapped this picture of Jonny Hahn in the street in Seattle last year.

I've been around the world, but that was the first time I’d seen a piano playing busker.

Art Welter

Tim McCulloch:
Matt Collins wrote on Wed, 26 January 2011 13:09
In Biscayne Bay (Miami) of all places: r_embedded

MIAMI - The rumors can stop swirling: The baby grand piano that turned up on a Miami sandbar was burned to tatters by New Year's revelers, then brought to its new home by a television designer's teenage son who said Thursday he hoped the idea might help him get into a prestigious art school.

Theories of the instrument's origin had abounded, with some saying they saw helicopters and television crews hovering around the piano. Others tried to claim responsibility, but Nicholas Harrington, 16, had his endeavor on videotape.

Harrington said he wanted to leave his artistic mark on Miami's seascape as the artist Christo did in the early 1980s when he draped 11 small islands in Biscayne Bay with hot pink fabric. And if it helped the high school junior get into Manhattan's Cooper Union college, that would be OK, too.

"I wanted to create a whimsical, surreal experience. It's out of the everyday for the boater," Harrington told The Associated Press.

"I don't like it be considered as a prank," he said. "It's more of a movement."

On Jan. 2, Harrington, his older brother Andrew and two neighbors lifted the instrument, which had been trashed during a holiday party, onto the family's 22-foot boat and took it out on Biscayne Bay. There, they left it on the highest spot along a sandbar.

Harrington is the son of "Burn Notice" production designer J. Mark Harrington. The piano is an old movie prop that sat for four years in Harrington's grandmother's garage. The teen had talked about hoisting the instrument from a tree or using it in a music video, among other projects, his mother said, but nothing happened until the winter break from school.

Associated Press

Bob Lee (QSC):
I'm always amazed when that happens.


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