Painted pianos spring up in empty sites

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 14:53 09/12/2011
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SPACE FILLER: Tim Driver plays a tune for the residents of Woolston in the Painted Piano Gap Filler Project.

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SPACE FILLER: Members of the public enjoy a tune from Tim Driver in Woolston.

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Painted pianos are springing up in parts of Christchurch as part of Gap Filler's initiative to fill empty sites with creative endeavours.

The three pianos were donated by the Christchurch School of Music after it relocated to new premises after the February earthquake.

"It's a bit of an experiment," said Gap Filler project co-ordinator Coralie Winn.

"It's giving something playful to areas affected by the quake."

The idea had been pursued in London and the United States before.

Five Canterbury University students painted the pianos, which are in New Brighton, Sydenham and Woolston.

"It was very rewarding to complete something that was for the community, rather than focusing on ourselves," student Alex Gorrie said.

Winn said the pianos, while not in tune, were able to make music and she hoped the music might entice passers-by to stop and listen.

The pianos are the first Gap Filler projects in Woolston and New Brighton, while the piano in Sydenham will be building on other Gap Filler initiatives in the area.

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