Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Soggy Keyboards Could Be Repurposed as Art, Garden Ornaments in Kelowna, B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Soggy Keyboards Could Be Repurposed as Art, Garden Ornaments in Kelowna, B.C

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Pianos could play new tune as planters in Kelowna

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KELOWNA, B.C. - Five decorated upright pianos are available for free in Kelowna, B.C., but don't expect to tickle their ivories.

The pianos are among several set in outdoor spaces across the city as part of its Pianos in the Park program, but Mother Nature played havoc with them by sending a soggy start to the Okanagan summer.

Program spokeswoman Lisa Brown says five pianos must be retired because they no longer stay in tune after rain warped keys and swelled internal workings.

Although the pianos can't be played, she says the city doesn't want to see them in the landfill, suggesting they would make great planters or landscape art.

Each is painted with a unique theme, such as the Cheshire Cat piano, which has already found a home. …

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