"Carole" — by designer: Sera Architects
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.
Inspired by the sculptures outside the Portland Art Museum, along with the vibrant colors and joyous sounds of Portland summers, staff at SERA Architects sought to create an interactive and whimsical experience for its piano design. As music radiates from the gramophone flowers atop the piano, it ‘drips’ down the piano to activate a colorful light display. Powered by a solar panel butterfly, the lights celebrate the Northwest’s long summer days.
SERA is an employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm founded in Portland in 1968. SERA holds a key role in the city’s national reputation for livability and sustainability with marquee projects such as Montgomery Park, the Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building and the Washington High School redevelopment.
Namesake Musician: Carole King
Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein, February 9, 1942) is an American composer and singer-songwriter. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored -- Wikipedia
The wildly colorful Carole has found a forever home at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Adults.
"Here at the Center, participants can express their grief in any number of creative ways – including a playroom, in theater, and dress-up – and having this music room is really great," grinned The Dougy Center's Director of Development and Communication, Mallory Tyler. "...We were a little hesitant about accepting a piano donation – until we saw a picture of it!"
Note: If you want to visit this piano, please contact the location. Many of our forever homes are not open to the public.
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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.
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