Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
After Monday, the board will be taken down and reused from July 6 through July 14, when "My Sweet Dream" invites community listing of bucket-list items. The board will be hung on Canal Street near the Sweet Rides shop.
Martin and Market Street Art Center are collaborating on a second community art project, "Sweet Harmony," which kicks off in late June.
The project has a dozen businesses and community groups sponsoring working pianos outside their establishments. The point is to encourage public music making by any and all who care to tickle the ivories. This interactive art project will be ongoing through Aug. 18, the date of Taste of Lockport 2013.
"It's like the (Herd About) buffaloes but with music," Martin said.
Sweet Harmony is inspired by the ongoing, world-traveling art show by British artist Luke Jerram. The artist acquires pianos and has them placed in public parks, bus shelters, train stations, outside art galleries, even on bridges and ferries, and invites public music making with the simple printed instruction, "Play me, I'm yours."
With help from Miller Piano mover Tom Miller, Martin and the Art Center acquired 12 unwanted pianos. Business/civic sponsors are paying a fee of $350 each to cover professional moving, tuning and a share of the cost of a publicity brochure.
Sponsors also are asked to repaint/decorate their pianos as they see fit. According to Martin, interior designer Julie Muscato is treating the recovery process itself as art. Her piano is going outside her Main Street storefront in early June to be decorated as the public watches. Of the piano that'll sit outside Sweet Rides all summer, Martin is attempting to turn it into a bicycle.
"This has been done all over the world, without incident, including in New York City," Martin said of the piano show. "There's no reason why it can't work in Lockport."