It's almost time to welcome you to the grand opening of the first Pianodrome seating wedge – less than 24 hours to go until our launch show kicks off at 8pm, Friday 1st December at Custom House, Leith, Edinburgh. It's going to be a spectacular mix of piano-wrought wonder and cabaret-style performance and music. £10 on the door and arrive in time to seat yourself upon pianos quite unlike any you've seen before!
To get you in the mood, here's a video of the wedge construction over the last week.
Another productive day in Pianodom, with serious architectural discussions about building regulations, heights, depths, widths and requirements balancing out with some friendly visitors, including precarious acrobats on a rickety ladder preparing for their performance this coming Friday. The word of the day was definitely "tonking"!
Pianodrome TV brings you this run-down of the build-up to the launch show this coming Friday at 8pm, Custom House, £10 on the door, BYOB. Watch now and stay attuned to all things wedge-shaped and piano-borne!
The Pianodrome is to be set out in a circle with a circumference of 20 pianos; 360° x 20 = 18, so the angle between each of the pianos on the top level will be 18°. Tim explains how to map out the construction using a compass and the golden section. Also featuring a small boy with a drill who's looking for Lefty Loosy...
In the process of dismantling many pianos, Tim and his assistants have unearthed quite a collection of oddments hidden within. One tattered brown card is dated 1819. Why are they stashed inside a piano? Who put them there and what tunes resonate between the dusty strings that tie this project to the fingers of pianists past...?
Join the artists in the studio for a realtime discussion of ideas; watch the plans unfold as they think through structural details, and different ways of making stair rails out of pianos...
The Pianodrome artists and builders have been busy refining the design and selecting the best piano parts for the construction of our first seating wedge. Below, you can see the placement of the first harp against the side of our playable upright. The harp lends its weight to the structure, balancing the base with the higher tier which you'll see in a moment. Every part of the Pianodrome aims to be beautiful as well as functional, so consideration is given to the flow of lines and overall aesthetic appeal of each chosen piece.
The upper tier was lifted onto two brackets which had been carefully mortise and tenoned and bolted to the back of the playable upright – using wood reclaimed from another piano, of course! This top tier will consist of pianos that have been stripped of strings, keys and harps, and turned upside-down to reveal the underside of the keyboard. This makes a more balanced and striking seat – what do you think of the wheels?
The build team are off to a strong start on the prototype seating wedge construction project. The tiered seating is to consist of two playable pianos at the base, and three de-harped piano frames above. Many pianos have already been disassembled ready to be transformed into brackets, steps and structural support. Our talented lead artist and maker, Tim, is intending to use wood from pianos and pianos only for the entire structure of the seating wedge. Has anything like this ever been attempted before in the history of the universe?! Stay tuned for more updates coming soon.
From Monday 20 November we begin a two-week build to construct our first complete prototype seating module - an important step in the development of our 100-seater Pianodrome amphitheatre, which we plan to build and launch next year at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
We'd like to invite you along to the official unveiling on 1st December! Our good friends and collaborators Cera N Dipity and Fiona Oliver-larkin are testing out the space with their Half-Moon Medicine show, which will grace our studio at Custom House in Leith.
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