What is a Piano Sanctuary?
With so many advancements in piano technology, many people are opting to replace their acoustic instruments with an electric piano. These people who have decided to invest in an electronic piano are then faced with the problem of what to do with the old one. While in the UK we have a few options (donation to the Play Me I’m Yours movement, or trying to sell on Gumtree), Australia have come up with something else – the Piano Sanctuary.
The Piano Sanctuary
Old pianos are donated to the organisation which runs the ‘piano sanctuary’, taken to a specific area, and then left there to degrade naturally and be an object of interest. On request, you used to be able to book a time to go and have a wonder round the piano sanctuary where you could amble around fields and woodland, coming across old upright pianos in varying states of decay. Visitors were encouraged to play the pianos and find out what sounds they made.
While this idea sounds fascinating, and like a far better option for old pianos than a landfill, the project was met with some fierce resistance from local residents. There were concerns about noise levels as well as the pianos providing a safe space for dangerous snakes and other wildlife to hide and potentially use as a breeding ground. Due to these concerns, the piano sanctuary was running on a trial basis.
A Piano Sanctuary in the UK?
Due to the enormous popularity of electric pianos here in the UK (especially with releases of great new options such as the Chase P-47 and the Kawai-110) there are hundreds of acoustic pianos looking for homes daily. With this number of pianos needing new places to go to, an excellent idea wold be to potentially open up a piano sanctuary here in the UK where we have acres of woodland walks and very few dangerous snakes!
There are hundreds of woodland walks in the UK that advertise themselves as being child friendly. They often have interactive activities along the way, and all of these walks encourage children to be at one with nature.
If you have any thoughts about introducing a piano sanctuary to the UK then please leave a comment below!