The Lowell public arts and culture scene expanded again with the recent addition of the city’s first public piano. The piano is located in front of the Enterprise Bank fence on Merrimack Street. An unveiling featuring the first public piano performances took place on October 3. In the days since, people of all musical skill levels have taken time to play the piano, with many posting their performances online using the hashtag #lowellstreetpiano.
Henri Marchand, Cultural Affairs and Special Events Director for the City of Lowell, said the project took roughly two years to plan and execute, beginning with the donation of the piano by Lowell resident and saxophonist Paul Belley, and the donated services of local artist Margo Mam Thach who transformed the piano into a black and gold artwork adorned with themes representing Lowell.
Andrew Duncan, Community and Cultural Liaison at Enterprise Bank and board member at the Cultural Organization of Lowell, assisted with project logistics including determining the piano’s location and process for security.
The piano is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and will remain on Merrimack Street until the end of October. After being stored for the winter, the piano will return to the sidewalk in the spring. A second piano is planned for the downtown area in the spring.
Read the full story of the unveiling in the Lowell Sun.