Art Pianos for All seeks artists for transit center project
Deadline is July 28
An array of visual artists from Salt Lake, Weber and Summit counties have refurbished used pianos for the Art Pianos for All public art installations over the past five years.
The idea, which was made possible by support from the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board, was to restore old pianos so they could be placed in accessible areas throughout the county and played by the general public.
Although there have been 13 pianos that have been part of the project to date, 10 are still playable and located throughout the county. (See accompanying list).
Art Pianos for All founder and facilitator Mark Maziarz is putting out a call for artist proposals for the 14th piano that will be placed at the Kimball Junction Transit Center.
A copy of the full proposal can be found at facebook.com/artpianosforall, or by visiting maziarz.com/ArtPianosforAllRFP06-17.pdf.
Applications should be mailed to: Art Pianos for All Project Mark Maziarz, P.O. Box 1806, Park City, Utah 84060. Applications can also be emailed to: email@example.com.
The submission deadline is Friday, July 28.
“The piano is already at the transit if anyone wants to go look at it,” Maziarz said. “The cool thing is that this piano used to be a player piano. It’s the first of its kind that we have ever had.
“While the guts and gears have been taken out, the piano still has a little sliding door that you open to put in the scroll. I think that has some cool and interesting potential for the art. Some artist could come up with a cool idea.”
Maziarz said he is looking for artists who can do a different twist with the piano.
“We’d love to see the piano made into a sculptural piece instead of someone simply painting it,” he said. “This is the first time I’m trying this, and I would like to see something that expands past the plane of the piano, either up or out. For that, we will pay $950, which is a little more money than we have offered in the past.”
Maziarz said the idea came to him after looking at other piano public-art programs.
“While there are other cities around the country that are doing this, I haven’t seen any that have gone sculptural yet,” he said.
Once the proposals are submitted, Maziarz and a small jury will award the contract.
“This will all be done quickly because we’d like to see the piano finished sometime in August,” he said.
Maziarz is looking forward to seeing the different proposals.
“When you see all the different pianos that have been finished and placed throughout [Summit] County, it’s interesting to see how the different artists convey their own perspective with their art,” he said. “For example, the one at Coalvile City Hall was painted by a Coalville artist, and it’s a little more western and homey. So, it will be cool to see how the one at the Summit County Transit Center will turn out.”
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