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Hinges on the lid to the rim of the Kengo Kuma Fazioli grand piano, custom-built for the Westbank Corporation, Vancouver, Canada. The rim is made from Hinoki wood which has an exceptionally straight grain.
This piano was first mooted by Peugeot Design Labs, who approached Pleyel Pianos in France with the idea of utilising modern ideas from the automotive industry to produce a unique acoustic piano. It took 18 months to develop and was launched in September 2012.
This piano was designed in by Alexander Gorlin (Architects) to reflect the grid-based “Neo-Plasticism” painting style of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), making it literally an art case piano. It was manufactured by Pianova in Großefehn, North West Germany.
This installation was created by celebrated Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, best known for his spectacular, supersized public artworks. Signpost 5 consisted of three massive grand piano structures each measuring 8 x 6 x 5 metres. The pianos gave the appearance of having been washed up on the shoreline, and were created to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Schiermonnikoog (an island in the Netherlands) Chamber Music Festival in 2006. Photographer: Ilja Zonneveld