A girl plays a piano on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. There are 17 upright pianos that sit out — come rain or shine — at various locations along the 16th Street Mall. In Denver that is mostly shine. They are part of Denver’s Your Keys To The City program. The city obtains old pianos, refurbishes them to good playing condition, and then has local artists hand paint each one with different themes.
The pianos are open and free to anyone who wants to use them. Day and night you see these pianos being played by a tremendous assortment of people – families, kids, tourists, convention-goers, homeless people, students, etc. They get a lot of use and the skill level varies from plunker to virtuoso.