I decided to visit the public piano in my neighbourhood and draw it before it gets taken away. There are a total of three pianos set up in the city. After August 24, they will be removed and donated to community groups.
The three public pianos are an initiative called “Keys to the Streets” by a group called CityStudio, in collaboration with the City of Vancouver.
A young man was playing when I arrived, and I plonked myself down in the grass and started drawing. He played for quite a while, some showtunes like “Over the Rainbow” and some classics like Edvard Grieg, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.
The tree seemed to grow out of the piano along with the music. I posted my drawing of one of the other pianos here. I don’t think I will manage to draw the third one before Saturday — it is near the Roundhouse Community Centre at the False Creek seawall.
I complimented him when he was done, he really was good. I didn’t tell him that I was also very pleased with his choice of a bright yellow shirt — it complimented the baby blue piano very well and added colour to my drawing.
Then after he left, I played a bit myself in order to fully participate, even though I am rusty and don’t have many piano pieces committed to memory.