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“Pianos on Parade” provides temporary art and music downtown Auburn from Aug. 4-20

Soon you will hear the light tinkling of piano keys floating throughout downtown Auburn. Passersby can play anything from Chopsticks to Chopin on four artistically treated pianos featured in the City of Auburn temporary art and music installation titled “Pianos on Parade." The new art and music installation kicks off during Auburn’s ArtRageous Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in downtown Auburn. The temporary display will be on view and available for play until Monday, Aug. 20.

Over the past few weeks, artists have been working to modify the musical instruments, giving each piano a new artistically-treated facade. Mary Ellen Bowers, best know for her small-scale gift card mosaics will undertake this large medium with a new technique. Kelly Lyles, known for her art-cars, has a eclectic and lighthearted approach in her work and translates that aesthetic to the piano. Cole Adams and Darcy Saunders of WooHooCreative will bring their whimsical style to transform this piano inside and out. The final piano is being coated with a chalk-board paint inviting the public to showcase their artistic talent.

Pianos will be on display and available for play in the following locations in downtown Auburn: 

  • Auburn City Hall Plaza; 
  • Adjacent to Station Bistro at Sound Transit Plaza; 
  • Adjacent to Home Plate Pub in the B Street Plaza; and 
  • Adjacent to Zola’s Café at the corner of Main Street and D Street.

Inspired by Everett’s Street Tunes, this is the inaugural year of Auburn’s Pianos on Parade which promises to be a delight to the ears and eyes for downtown visitors. For more information, call the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043.

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City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
910 Ninth St. SE
Auburn, WA 98002
253-931-3043
www.auburnwa.gov/arts