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Des Moines Getting More Public Pianos this Summer

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Public piano in downtown Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

Public piano in downtown Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The sound of music will soon fill more of Des Moines.

The non-profit group, City Sounds, placed two pianos in public last summer for people to play at their pleasure. The locations included at the entrance of the downtown Des Moines public library, and in the east village. This year, the group says they’ve secured eight donated pianos to place throughout town.

Each piano will receive a colorful treatment from a local artist, who will apply to paint the piece. Locations the group is looking at this year for the pianos include Ingersoll Avenue and Grey’s Lake Park. However, the group still needs approval from city council to place these pianos in public spaces. Organizers say they’re in the process of having a city ordinance written and approved.

The pianos will hit the streets on May 15, and remain outdoors until October 15.

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