Rebuilding Center (Chris Larsen, Mykalene Piva, and Ari Watkins)
Chris Larsen, Mykalene Piva, and Ari Watkins
• Jennifer Mark
• Joan Anderson
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.
ReBuilding Center customers, volunteers, and staff all range in knowledge and skill-sets. Creatively reusing salvaged materials doesn’t require mastery, just a commitment to experimentation and resourcefulness. Our intention with the piano was to showcase the playful way in which both the materials and the people come together to make the ReBuilding Center community what it is. There are endless ways in which we can reuse and reinvent the way we use materials to bring life back to a space, a piece of furniture, or a piano!
Just as Piano. Push. Play. rescues pianos, the ReBuilding Center rescues building materials. Our mission is to make a material difference by building equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities through reuse. We work to ensure that people and building materials—specifically those perceived as liabilities and cast off by society—are instead valued and activated as community assets. ReBuilding Center staff and interns, Chris Larsen, Mykalene Piva, and Ari Watkins, dedicated time to creatively reuse materials in the decoration of this piano.
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.