In the early 20th century, as player pianos were being displaced by phonographs, one enterprizing East Grand Rapids citizen made a business of removing old pianos from parlors – then heaving them into nearby Reeds Lake. The modern day re-emergence of these waterborne bronze instruments recalls a bygone day, when families gathered together to sing and play music.
These ten cast bronze pianos were installed in September 2006 on the plaza of the new Gaslight Village district in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each piano is distinct from the others, while together they encircle a fountain designed for the patrons of the village. Bollards by day, Pianos also serves as a light source by night, defining the fountain as a new favorite play place for locals and visitors.