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Finishing touches applied to piano

Alicia Wanklyn has less than a week to decorate a piano that will be displayed at City Hall for all to play.

Passersby can today see her through a storefront in the Washington Mall, as she puts the finishing touches to the design.

She has until Wednesday to complete the challenge she accepted as winner of the Public Piano Project launched by the BSoA.

The finished product will be unveiled on Nelly's Walk on Friday when various performers including Joy T Barnu, DemBiez and Tony Bari will play the piano and sing.

“I didn't do it for the prize,” Ms Wanklyn said.

“It was just a really fun project.”

The professional artist, who studied at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, is the programme coordinator for the Bermuda Diabetes Association.

Her plan is to paint the white piano and cover it in flowers made of recycled plastic.

“I actually had a dream one night,” she explained.

“I knew the project was going on and in the dream I was playing a pink piano covered in flowers.”

She put her plan to paper and submitted it to the Bermuda Society of Arts.

“I thought it was the worst submission ever in life but [it seems] I made my vision clear enough for them to understand and love it,” she said.

“I now have a budget of $150 to create [what I envisioned]. I'm using plastics to make the flowers; the piano is to have a marbled effect [using] pink and blue paint.”

Ms Wanklyn won a $1000 gift certificate from CellOne for her idea for designing the instrument, which was donated by Pianos Plus.

BSoA partnered with those businesses and the Corporation of Hamilton for the initiative.

It's based on Play Me, I'm Yours, an international project launched in Birmingham, UK in 2007.

Since then, 1,300 decorated pianos have been placed in 46 cities around the world, reaching more than six million people.

Each piano has a sign on it saying: “Play Me, I'm Yours”.

Ms Wanklyn's completed design will be revealed at 5.30pm on Friday.

The piano will be accessible to anyone to play and will remain in front of City Hall until January 16.

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Published December 08, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 08, 2014 at 1:17 am)

Finishing touches applied to piano

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