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Public Pianos Unveiled in Downtown Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Downtown Des Moines has become a bit more musical.

“City Sounds" installed two painted pianos Tuesday afternoon.  One is located at the public library and the other in the East Village.

Each piano was donated, and organizers asked local artists to paint a design onto them.

The idea of public pianos came from a similar project in Iowa City. The pianos will be covered with tarps at night and during severe weather, and will be taken down in October for the winter months before returning in May.

"Music is magic and it can really help people. And we just think that, having people having accessibility to this, is just going to make our city that much better,” says co-coordinator Kathryn Dickel.

The project is kicking off a piano concert this Saturday with a performance at 5 p.m. at the library and another at 6:00 p.m. in the East Village.