Sally and I, along with our design partners, are busy pulling together a design scheme for a piano that will be featured in an exciting event associated with Celebrity Series of Boston this Fall. It is called “Play Me, I’m Yours”, The Street Pianos Boston Festival. 75 pianos decorated, painted, etc. by local Boston artist will be sprinkled about the city in public places inviting people to play them between September 27 and October 14. Ours will be in the galleria of 10 St. James Ave., where Landry & Arcari is located. We’re hard at work finalizing our design and finishing the piano with our artists from Zoe Design and Fantastic Finishes, 978- 578-4160.
We first saw our piano a few weeks ago in Boston. A beautiful satin black Yamaha upright. (Almost like Sally’s first piano.) Formerly a practice piano at a local music school, she is quietly hoping to be adopted by a loving family.
We’ve heard rumors that this piano is to be auctioned off at the Celebrity Series Opening Gala on October 5th. (Trying to confirm…) What’s that – 4 weeks away? (At the time…) Piece of cake! We had a glimmer of a concept… Sally and I knew we wanted to treat the piano as a form, expressing its inherent shape and quality. The more we talked, the more we honed in on a “stair runner” concept that would flow over the entire piano like water – and we liked the idea of animal prints.
We began sketching and talking with our team… Maybe a little zebra/tiger stripe? Not quite the right scale… Not classy enough…
So – how about a littel chinoiserie? Love it, but far to complex to do in the amount of time we have. This would take months to do by hand. Save the idea for another day…
We began to realize that given the time constraints, we were going to have to be clever with how we created and did the piano. Fortunately, Zoe Design has been putting many of their hand painted mural patterns into their computer creating custom wall paper. Perfect!!! Create a pattern and repeat – viola!!!!
Below is the preliminary idea we settled on – using feathers! (Zoe Design’s custom wallpaper is worthy of it’s own blog post…)
While this was going on the piano had been delivered to Fantastic Finishes. We met there in the evening last week to finalize where all the finishes/patterns would stop and start.
OMG! It’s real!!!
Figuring out the pattern repeat…
…and realizing, “What??? We need to tweak the design further??? It’s not quite right yet??? YIKES!!!”
Sally tickled the ivories to help calm frayed nerves…
And so we retired, agreeing to meet at Zoe Design’s studio to refine and finalize the design. Stay tuned to see what we created!
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