We love creative ideas in the world of car washes—and this certainly qualifies.
We recently can across a story about a car wash in Sacramento that added a lavender painted piano in front of their business. Why? Quite simply to bring music to this world and make the world a better place.
“We thought it would be a great way for people to gather, play music, sing, dance,” said Naomi Brennan to Fox40.com.
Lavender and Ivory
The color is significant too. The purple paint job is actually lavender, which is a nod to Lavender Heights, Sacramento’s Gay community in Midtown.
“We said it’s a nice piano and oh my gosh it’s painted lavender! It’s really nice to see it out here in lavender heights, you know lavender piano in lavender heights,” said local resident Jake Vance.
Music Around the World
This is part of a global trend of nameless strangers leaving pianos in public places. They can now be found in major cities all over the world, often elaborately painted.
The most famous driving force behind it is the Play Me, I’m Yours movement across the globe.
“Reaching over six million people worldwide – more than 1,300 pianos have already been installed in 45 cities across the globe, from New York to London, bearing the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.”
A World Wide Phenomenon
These pianos are found everywhere, from neighborhoods to Time Square.
‘It inspires people who don’t play to play in public, because I think it’s really hard to play in public places with no one around and there’s just a piano,” said Australian Nellie Bell.
‘People walk past and look at it and think, ‘Oh, I want to play that’, but they don’t. But they should, ’cause you feel good afterwards.”
Elsewhere, across the globe, Canada made this movement a part of their hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Forty one playable pianos will be positioned and painted by a professional artist with roots in one of the 41 Pan Am countries, inspired by their homeland.
“I loved [Play Me’s] idea of public engagement. I loved the idea that it was so inclusive in those communities [that had featured them]. I know no one can resist a piano,” said Don Shipley is creative director of arts and culture, festivals and special events for the 2015 Games.
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