Piano Information:

"Hildegard" — by designer: Melody Owen

Photography by:   Benji Vuong

Photography by: Benji Vuong




Melody Owen


Hildegard Von Bingen


Craig Wessel

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.



I think it is a great idea for a project. I love the idea of pianos on the street and in parks for people to play. I chose collage as a medium to address my piano as I have done hundreds of collages in my life but never one that was piano sized. All the pictures were hand cut from books and magazines and glued to the piano. It ended up becoming a kind of surreal cityscape or dreamscape. It is a little like Portland, there is traffic and culture and there are mountains and possibilities everywhere, folding up and over and in on themselves. I chose to fill the music stand bit with the night sky, in case a pianist comes along who knows how to read and play it.



A graduate of the MFA program at Alfred University (Alfred, NY), Melody Owen has exhibited at such locations as the Royal College of Art (London, England), Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Spoonbill and Sugartown (Brooklyn, NY), Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA), the Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). Owen has completed residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, (Paris, France), the Gil Society (Akureyri, Iceland) and the Est-Nord-Est Residency (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Canada). In 2009 she was artist-in-residence at Gaestatelier Krone (Aarau, Switzerland), funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission.



Namesake Musician:
Hildegard of Bingen

"Hildegard of Bingen (1098 –  1179)... was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany...."


"Attention in recent decades to women of the medieval Church has led to a great deal of popular interest in Hildegard's music. In addition to the Ordo Virtutum, sixty-nine musical compositions, each with its own original poetic text, survive, and at least four other texts are known, though their musical notation has been lost. This is one of the largest repertoires among medieval composers."


– Wikipedia: Hildegard of Bingen



Craig Wessel



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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