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Street pianos hit right note

Kalgoorlie-Boulder locals may have noticed the addition of pieces of new street furniture across the city, including the installation of beautifully upcycled pianos begging to be played.

The musical instruments first made an appearance at the Christmas Street Party and now join more than 1900 street pianos in 60 participating cities across the globe.

Local artist Rachael Doring assisted Hippocrocaduck Art Studio owner Em Anders in creating one of the masterpieces for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and said she had incorporated her love of Australian native fauna and flora into her design.

“I think the eucalypt branches and flowers are something we all share commonly in our natural environment that we can enjoy as a community,” she said.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker said the street pianos had already been embraced by the public and served as one aspect of the council’s plan to activate the CBD.

“They are part of an ongoing project to encourage the community to engage in the Kal City Centre’s transformation and to reignite their love of performing arts,” he said.

“This is just the beginning of a program of targeted initiatives by the City.”

The long-term plan is for the street pianos to be available every weekend in the city centre and shop owners or cafes eager to feature them in front of their premises can contact the City Living team.

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