The masses are listeners of music rather than creators of music. Music is an extension of our daily lives; many enjoy listening to the radio while working, studying or even sleeping. The piano is a well-known musical instrument to many, yet not many are able to immerse in the joy of playing this brilliant instrument.
However, one does not need to be able to play the piano to appreciate its beauty. The physical form of a piano can be an ingredient that brings upon creativity and inspiration akin to the melody that is played through the instrument. There are so many different ways a piano can rouse creativity and develop the appreciation for music besides generating tunes.
This collection of photographs depicts pianos in various forms other than what we are familiar with.
For the lucky one who has a garden, a piano fountain may just bring music to the next echelon. The rhythm of the water flowing seems to symbolise the melody of a piano piece in a concrete and touchable manner. Both can have the same soothing and calming effect.
What can be more bittersweet than a coffin crafted in the structure of a piano if your loved one was a music lover? This innovative coffin adds a little humour in the otherwise sombre atmosphere of a funeral. Death should not be the end to having lived a fun life!
The perfect sync of the colours of zebras and a piano presents an exceptional amalgamation of the wilderness and the metropolis. On a grander scale, we see a building that is in the shape of a piano and a violin that adds a dimension of quirkiness to the city landscape. It also offers a superb backdrop to photo opportunities with the special one.
When conventional designs of an object are modified, it often gives an extraordinary angle to how we view things. The various pictures of the swimming pools constructed in the shapes of musical instruments merge sports and music. These pools are not only aesthetically-pleasing to the eyes, they also affix a dreamy touch. Gliding through a pool in the shape of a piano plays the invisible tune as if the keyboard of the piano is struck with each stroke of the swimmer.
Background music in movies often portrays the mood of a particular scene that compels viewers to be drawn involuntarily into the movie and be immersed in it. The Piano Stairs, a company based in Turkey, as well as German car manufacturer Volkswagen, install piano steps to stairs that will play a note or a melody with each step taken. The piano steps allow one to add background music from one’s story when walking up or down the much-dreaded stairs. In Stockholm, the piano steps were installed at a subway station overnight. You could see the curiosity in people as they chose the stairs over the escalator. Smiles lit their faces and bits of cheekiness appeared when they hopped and jumped on each step.
The blend of music into daily objects transforms the abstract to the tangible. The metamorphosis of the piano from an intricate musical instrument for the privileged few to something manageable for the common man might just enthuse more to take up the challenge of discovering the pleasure of playing the piano.