Friday, August 17, 2012

Street Piano Pops Up on Boise's Eighth Street

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Syrus Hunter played the piano around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Syrus Hunter plays the new free piano on Eighth Street around 2:30 p.m. today.

Boise has a new, free-to-play piano on Eighth Street between Bannock and Idaho streets, perched in front of Aspen Leaf frozen yogurt.

Frank Church High School students Nick Tuzzolino and Syrus Hunter said they had used the piano for most of this afternoon, Friday, Aug. 17.

"My only complaint is this seat needs a cushion," said Hunter. "I've been sitting here for like three hours. It's a little out of tune, but I can play around it."

The piano is sponsored by stayweirdboise.com, Dunkley's Music and Aspen Leaf frozen yogurt, and was placed downtown Thursday night, according to the stayweirdboise Facebook page. The white piano is offset by flecks of color, with two sides painted with chalkboard paint so passersby can draw with chalk from a nearby canister.

Free-to-play street pianos were made famous by artist Luke Jerram, who installed hundreds of them in cities around the world, including New York City, Sao Paulo, and London.

Boise's piano will stay indefinitely, said an Aspen Leaf employee.

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