"Alice" — by designer: Ivan Salcido
Walter & Nancy Weyler
We rescue pianos and put them on the street for everybody to enjoy. We want to give pianists more opportunities to play for the public.
For this project, I wanted to keep the focus on the piano and all of its cool parts, without drawing attention to what had been added to it. With paint, I highlighted some of the areas that stood out to me as interesting or unique. I disassembled the entire instrument in order to pay attention to each piece and emphasize what makes each part special. Maybe I should have paid more attention to how it came apart – putting it back together would have been a lot easier if I had!
In general, I like to build a bit of history in my pieces by layering paint or other materials, while still allowing original elements of the object to shine through. The piano, which came to me with scratches, nicks, and dings, was already telling me a story that I didn’t want to erase, but add to. The illusionistic play between the light and shadowy color fields suggest space, movement, and possibly narratives. The abstract nature also allows the piece to be enjoyed up close and far away, the way that music can be heard at a distance. Although I do not play an instrument, there is always music playing in the studio. Music helps me work out ideas, inspires, and guides me through the art-making process. Just as music has influenced the creation of my art, I hope that this work can influence the music that comes from it.
The illusionistic play between the light and shadowy color fields suggest space, movement, and possibly narratives. The abstract nature also allows the piece to be enjoyed up close and far away, the way that music can be heard at a distance. Music helps me work out ideas, inspires, and guides me through the art-making process.
An artist and musician from an early age in Detroit, Alice was proficient at keyboard, organ, harp, composing, and arranging. She released over twenty recordings and played with major artists and groups, including her husband, John Coltrane. She was a mother, writer, and spiritual leader in the Vedantic tradition. She left this plane in 2007.
Walter & Nancy Weyler
ABOUT PIANO! PUSH PLAY!
We rescue pianos, put them on the street for everyone to enjoy, and then give them to schools, community centers, artists, and others who will love them as much as we do.