Pianos on Parade is an annual program where uniquely painted artistic pianos are placed in locations around town for the community to play and enjoy! Keep an eye out this summer for their reappearance throughout downtown Auburn!
2016 Pianos on Parade
Painted by local artists, organizations, schools and artist groups, these wonderfully artistic pianos were on view through August 24, 2016 at various locations around the City of Auburn.
Piano Location: 25 West Main, City Hall
Theme: This Steampunk piano is an interpretation of how people in the Victorian era would have seen the future. Use of brass, copper, gears and pressure gauges transform this piano into a mechanical wonder.
Artist: Chris Telford is an artist and jewelry instructor at Auburn High School.
Piano Location: Home Plate Pub, B Street Plaza, Downtown
Theme: Not all art is uplifting and happy, and it can serve as a reflection of the lonely or desolate place in which much of it is created. Seattle-based artist Starheadboy uses "underdog animals" to illustrate his interesting perspective on peace, happiness, sadness, and the harsh realities of the creative life.
Artist: Starheadboyis a Seattle based visual artist and writer.
Location: Zola's Cafe,
402 E Main St #120
Theme: "Happy Trees" is inspired by nature with pop art influences. The green mounds are trees with various emotions to provide a whimsical and fun environment. The piano design was created using a technique similar to decoupage.
Scott is a Seattle
based artist that creates happy, youthful art in a variety of
mediums and enjoys creating works that make people smile. She
studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York
City and lived in NYC for many years working in the fashion
industry before returning to Seattle to further her artistic
Piano Location: 1406 Lake Tapps Pkwy E.
Theme: Inspired by the majestic view from Auburn's Centennial Viewpoint Park, artist Mary Ellen Bowers created an torn paper collage from this impressive overlook. Using hand-painted paper, Mary Ellen recreated the view of Mt. Rainier and the park's sculpture "The Long Look" (by Brad Rude.)
Artist: Mary Ellen Bowers - Mary Ellen Bowers delights in discovering new ways to depict the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Known primarily for her unique mosaics of used plastic credit-cards and gift-cards, Mary Ellen enjoys exploring the limits of unconventional art-making.
Nelson's Jewelry, 101 Main Street (Corner of Main and Auburn Ave, Downtown Auburn)
Theme: Mr. Tubehead invites you to let your hair down (or up!), get goofy and have lots of musical summer fun!
Artist: Artist-Author Vikram Madan loves creating
whimsical experiences that make people smile. For this piano,
Vikram, a former cartoonist, could not resist turning the entire
piano into a black and white cartoon figure named Mr. Tubehead.