One week ago today, it was a gorgeous day in downtown Cedar Rapids, and I completed my "love piano". Every year, the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance coordinates with local artists to provide colorful, artsy pianos up and down 3rd street, for passersby to enjoy through the summer. This is my second year participating, and it's a blast!!!! I give you...the "love piano."
I had trouble getting to sleep the night before, because I was running all of the ideas through my head....all the different themes/colors schemes I could use....but I kept coming back to a message of love.....and that we need more of it in this world.
It's interesting, working outside among the people in a busy downtown area. Friends stopped by to say hi....strangers meet your eye and smile. A local homeless man told me this is the spot he likes to play, and he looked forward to seeing what I did with it.
When I told him the message I intended to put on the front of the piano, he said, "Amen to that."
I left parts of the old beat up piano rough and dark and distressed. It seemed the way to go this time....many people who stopped by said "how timely this message was," and "how much our world needs this message." I couldn't agree more.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." -MLK