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  • madartista

    wow. not what i was expecting.

  • maria rapier

    I am confused. Why does it say Dec. 12 2012 as the date of the film, yet there are dead Christmas trees piled up near the piano?

  • Johnnie Thayer

    I went through every emotion possible. I was incredibly sad when the couple showed up with the dollys to take it home. Music is a very big deal in our house and it's one of those things - I saw this piano and immediately thought of mine . . .

  • Digv

    Is anybody else also surprised that no one took the piano away intact?

  • Phil Parcellano

    The same thing happened here in Chicago. I think they ended up destroying the piano as well, because some people would play it at 3a in the morning. Nonetheless, people were surprised to see a piano on the Bloomingdale Trail, an abandoned train track, and went on, played, and enjoyed themselves while it lasted.

    Here's a photo I took of two runners who stumbled on the piano:

  • Jillian Kirby

    Rather sad to see hope dashed. Music is the one common link that they all had rather beautiful to see.

  • LAM

    On such a sad day, I find it strange that I should feel compelled to cry for a piano.

  • apsonmain

    OMG, murder! I was expecting something so very different and am now so sad.

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  • Ariana Friedlander

    We have a project in Fort Collins called Piano's About Town where local artists paint old pianos and they're placed in different public areas. I love it, kids get so excited to play on the pianos. It is cool to see people gather around them and explore their musical side. They also inspired me to start practicing the piano again. Luckily people respect our Piano's About Town ;) Sad to see people take a sledge hammer to the one in the video here.

  • Casey Caplowe

    Remember when the Washington Post asked Joshua Bell one of the greatest violinists in the world to play in the DC subway station and they filmed to see if people would stop and take note? And mostly, no they didn't. Except for that one awesome woman:

  • WrensEye

    This breaks my heart. It seems so poignant of our time. The rush to destroy something...why? Because it was an "eyesore?" Why were the trees not destroyed in the same way?

    • Christopher Nitti

      Because of poverty, sadly enough. For all the beauty of the piano and the joy it brings, in these times, the metal, ESPECIALLY the copper in the strings, could mean the difference between eating and starving. It's hard to tell what the motivations of the scavengers were, but it is absolutely an emblem of our times; we've all been turned into conquistadors, desperately trying to scrape all the juice and profit out of everything around us just to "get by" in a society entirely consumed by domination and consumption.

      • Sage Jollofsky

        I agree with your statement however those guys didn't even look all that poor....Meaning they weren't scrounging for their next meal. It's all too easy to be coaxed into viewing the world through this sort of scavenger mind-set as you described, especially in a place like NYC. On the plus side! The piano did appear to Brighten up many peoples day.

  • Hillary Newman

    So sad to see this piano be taken apart!

  • Erika Rathje

    There's no way I could walk by an abandoned piano on the street and not play it. But the end breaks my heart -- why this aggression toward something that gave others such joy?