The sound of music is filling the streets of Everett. City workers rolled out artistically painted pianos for the public to play in an interactive art project called “Street Tunes,” now in its third year.
From professionals, to novices, to little ones who can’t even reach the pedals, they’re all tickling the ivory and bringing smiles to passersby.
“It’s so invigorating to be able to hear that mom whip out Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. It’s so cool! “ said Elizabeth Darrah.
Darrah and her sister are visiting from Alaska, and before they left town, they wanted to track down a piano to play.
There are 10 pianos spread out all over downtown Everett. Each one is painted by a local artist and has its own personality. Five of them returned from last year.
It's music to the ears of business owners, who say the sound isn’t just bringing harmony to Everett, it’s also bringing visitors and tourism dollars. City officials say sales increased 10 to 20% in August thanks to the art project.
Street Tunes lasts until August 22.