But it wasn’t a busker, it was an ordinary passer-by who had stopped to play “The Entertainer” on a colourfully painted piano randomly stationed on the street. My curiosity got the better of me and I needed to have a closer look. Upon inspection a plaque invited me to “Tickle my ivories. Have a go at playing this piano decorated by students at Gloucestershire College”.
All pianos started out as the ordinary brown wooden type and were kindly donated from homes and companies throughout the Country. They were transported to Gloucestershire College where they took on a new lease of life – and suddenly, these plain old pianos were spruced up and painted in an array of colours allowing the students’ creative flair to shine through for all to admire. Personally, I love this idea!! I love that a project has taken something “ordinary” and turned it into a piece of art – I guess the marketing has worked on me!
All pianos are located away from residential areas and are locked after 5pm each evening to ensure budding out-of-key musicians aren’t arrested for disturbing the peace (only joking, it is to ensure people aren’t disturbed).
What I love about this idea, is how it brings strangers together. I watched as two people who had never spoken before jointly attempted to replicate a famous piece that required two people. Apparently, this isn’t the first time this has been witnessed! They were reminiscing of their piano-playing days, laughing and joking, it was lovely to watch. As I took my photographs, I witnessed all walks of life tinkering, from young children to the older generation.
Who would have thought that something so simple could bring people together? But then again, that’s generally what music does isn’t it!
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King's Walk Shopping Centre:
A selection of some of the street art painted for the SOMAC festival displayed in the City Centre.
One last photo ... Gloucester's most iconic attraction - the Cathedral! I spend lunch breaks on a sunny day with this view - not bad huh!
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