I was commissioned by Street Pianos Belfast to decorate one of the ten pianos dotted around the city of Belfast for the “play me I’m yours” 2 week event held in August 2010. The aim of the event was simply to provide ‘hidden musicians’ of all levels an opportunity to share and express their creativity with the public.
My artwork tells the story of a tree’s journey of becoming the piano. From its joy of birds singing in its branches to its misery of being cut down and finally to its elation of being a thing that creates music again.
A craftsman came and picked my wood
Because it was so straight and good
He worked on me each day so slow
Adding strings, keys and three strange toes
What has this craftsman done to me?
How I wish I were still a tree